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Reducing poverty in Africa: can the post-2015 MDGs and Agenda 2063 targets be achieved?
Date: 26 August 2014
Time: 10h30 - 12h30
Venue: Conference room, ISS Addis Ababa

The eradication of extreme poverty is a key component of the United Nations’ post-2015 Development Agenda and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. But how realistic is it for African countries to achieve this goal, and how well placed are they to meet the target of reducing extreme poverty in every country to below 3% by 2030?

The latest African Futures paper uses the International Futures forecasting system to explore this goal and finds that many African states are unlikely to make this target by 2030.

This seminar will launch the ISS’s latest paper in its African Futures series. Co-author Dr Jakkie Cilliers will argue that setting aggressive yet realistic targets is essential to effectively reduce poverty in Africa. He will also offer appropriate guidelines about how this can be done.



Chair: Dr Mustapha Sidiki  Kaloko, Commissioner, Social Affairs, AU Commisson


  • Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Executive Director, ISS
  • Dr Abdalla Hamdok, Deputy Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa, to be confirmed
  • Dr Josephine Ngure, Resident Representative, African Development Bank
This seminar is made possible with funding from the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: Governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
Conference room
ISS Addis Ababa
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Phone: +251 11 515 6320
Jakkie Cilliers
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