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107 7 How will West African countries meet the MDGs?
Document begins: 107 7 How will West African countries meet the MDGs? Camilla Toulmin and Bara Guèye(1) "For successful sustainable development, the focus and weight of effort must be at the level where integration really occurs, that is, in the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people. They must be central, not only as targets of development, but as analysts, designers and managers of the development process."(2) I. INTRODUCTION The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provide clear global targets which are ambitious but also fairly tangible. They offer a clear commitment to much improving access to water, cutting maternal and infant deaths, getting kids into school and halving the number of people suffering hunger and poverty. This seems a practical agenda, with clear quantifiable targets against which to 1. This chapter draws heavily on work undertaken for the OECD's Sahel and West Africa Club. See Toulmin, C and B Guèye (2003), Transformations in West African Agriculture, OECD, Paris. 2. Conway, Gordon (2003), "The Paradoxes of Integrated Development", Keynote Address at the ECOSOC Brainstorming Dialogue Sessions: "Promoting an integrated approach to rural development in developing countries for poverty eradication and sustainable development", UN Headquarters, New York, 24 March. 108 measure progress. ...