AN ASSESSEMENT OF THE IMPACT OF MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (MDGs) ON POVERTY REDUCTION IN GOMBE STATE
Publication Date : 01/09/2019
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) initiative by United Nations (UN) is one of the efforts aimed at reducing poverty globally by the year 2015. Poverty has been a serious challenge to government, particularly in Nigeria even before the declaration of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the World leaders in 2000 at New York. The purpose of this research is to assess the Impact of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on poverty reduction in Gombe State. The research used secondary sources of data for analysis and findings. Stakeholders that are relevant to the subject matter of study are consulted from different categories for in-depth interview. The data obtained were presented empirically and analyzed. The work discovered that there were series of efforts in terms of programmes and policies to eradicate poverty in the country, particularly in Gombe State, especially from 2001 to date but, they failed to achieve their targets that explains why Nigeria is finding it difficult to extricate itself from phenomenon of poverty and achieve the target of MDGs by 2015 and 2020. The study recommend among others that, the policy designers should integrate the locals or the beneficiaries in the process of designing the Programme so as to enable for the contribution of the selected target with their inputs on how to go about the Programme in future. This will help in warding up suspicion and negative perception of a hidden agenda in the local community and it will also enable for the beneficiaries to build their own capacity in their own indigenous way instead of the universal approach which may not work in our local communities.
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