ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Despite the rapid growth of African
economies over the last two decades, it will take a longer
period of continued and robust comprehensive growth to pull
large segment of the population out of vulnerability, new report
The 2017-2018 Annual
Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR), which was published as part of
a continental conference that was held at the headquarters of
the African Union (AU) in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa from
Oct. 24 to 26, also indicated that “despite falling poverty
rates in Africa, the absolute number of poor and vulnerable is
The report stressed
that due to the broad deterioration of livelihoods in Africa
over the years, longer period of continued growth is necessary
to diminish vulnerability among larger portion of the
It also revealed
that countries across Africa are likely to experience growing
demand for social protection in the near future, eventually
creating increasing pressure on governments to respond to main
social cohesion and stability.
It also urged for
the introduction of social protection programs in Africa,
arguing that growth alone would not be enough to help Africa
meet the ambitious hunger and poverty reduction goals, including
the 50-year Agenda 2063.
Ethiopia’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, also
said during the report launching addressing vulnerability needs
of citizens’ through social protection programs - such as
Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) - is vital.
The PSNP “has been
among the most important policies from the government of
Ethiopia in stimulating rapid reductions in poverty and food
insecurity, and significant economic growth,” Abraha said.
shows that when correctly designed and implemented, and
continuously evaluated, social protection programs can be a
significant boon for African societies,” he added.
The report, among
other things, takes an in-depth look at current and future role
of social protection among African countries.
It also provided
additional research and analysis on how countries can combine
social protection programs with other related development
programs to create a greater overall impact.
The pan African bloc
AU also noted the greater benefits of the report’s findings in
lifting the continent’s population, with due emphasis given to
modernizing the agriculture sector.
“As Africa embarks
on the implementation of the Malabo Declaration commitments and
Agenda 2063, we are convinced that this report will make a
valuable contribution towards emphasizing the vital role that
well-designed national social protection programs can play,”
said Josefa Sacko, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and