Week 3 Post 2
What are the factors that classify as good news in Africa according to Radelet?
To understand what Radelet classifies as good news in Africa in his book Emerging Africa you have to understand the break down. Radelet groups Africa into three categories: the 17 emerging countries, the oil producers, and the rest. “ It is demoralizing for the emerging countries, some of which work so hard in the face of many challenges to achieve even small and fragile gains, when they are limped together and dismissed as part of a disastrous whole” (Radelet, 2010 ) The 17 emerging countries that Radelet refers to have broken the stereotype and are have improved enormously over the past 15 years. Since the mid 1900s these 17 countries have improved in deepening their democracy, gaining a stronger leadership, accomplished steady economic growth, and have a declining poverty rate. He gives concrete examples just as how these countries have flourished over the past 15 years. “ The share of the population loving below the poverty line has plummeted form 50 percent to less than 30 percent. And Ghana has become a vibrant democracy, with competitive elections, a vocal press, better protection of basic rights, and stronger governance.” (Radelet, 2010) Not only Ghana, but also several other countries in Africa like Mozambique, Mali, and Tanzania has made significant improvements in the past 15 years. Stories like these have surpassed the typical bad news headlines coming out of Africa. Because the media is clumping Africa as a whole they only see the negative, but by referring to the three categories that Radelet has created for us you get to see all of the good that is emerging.
Millennium Villages Projects (MVP) is driven to address the problem of poverty and other pressing issues such as: education, health, gender equality, agriculture, and infrastructure among other issues. MVP is based in Africa, where the world’s extreme poverty is very prevalent, specifically focused on fifteen villages.
Sauri, Kenyais composed of 11 eleven villages expanding over 132 square kilometers it was the first village in the Millennium Villages Project and it is also the biggest of the fifteen. With a population of 70,000 and thirty-one primary schools running from January through December where children are provided one mean a day, Sauri also consist of nine health centers. Farmer’s prevalent crops are maize and beans; Sauri has a farmable agriculture due to their well-watered humidity, and partially humid zones. The complications are declining but still prevalent. Malaria is frequent all year round; because of the MVP project malaria has dropped from 50% to around 8%. Still today around 80% of people are earing $1 a day. 59% of children in Sauri under the age of five are experiencing malnutrition. However there have been a lot of positive outcomes in Sauri 97% of children one year old have been immunized to protect themselves from measles. There GDP has also increased from 12.705 billion in 2000 to 63.398 in 2015. Households are gaining access to cleaner water by being on the power grid. Pregnant woman are being treated and immunized for HIV as are also given concealing during pregnancy.
My reaction toward Sauri, Kenya is that they have made leaps and bounds from where they were in the past years. I am optimistic that they will continue to improve with the issue that they are still faced with today. I think with the right and sustainable help Sauri will continue to flourish as a village as we perviously discussed MVP has helped immensely as numbers keep increasing the hope is becoming more of a reality for the people living in poverty.
Radelet, S. (2010). Emerging Africa.