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Development futures

Bridging the development Gap is a story of both good and bad news:

Good news

Bad news

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In some countries, such as India and China, the gap has narrowed

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Debts have been reduced fro some HIPC countries, possibly giving them a chance of a new start

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Aid in 2008 was at record levels and many OECD countries seem serious about the MDG

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Some initiatives such as Fair Trade have helped, and NGOs often make a difference with bottom-up community led projects, but these need to be spread much more widely

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Progress has been made with some diseases such as Aids and Malaria

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In regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa little progress has been made and the gap has widened

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Many African nations will fail to achieve their MDG targets

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The 2008-09 recession may have tipped up to 200 million people back into poverty and hunger, reversing progress

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Aid may be less of a priority in the next decade as OECD countries struggle with their own financial problems

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Corruption, conflict and bad governance still bedevil may LDCs

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Neo-colonial relationships persist

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