- The region is approaching the target of cutting extreme poverty
by half by 2015. Between 1990 and 2004, the poverty rate in Northern
Africa fell from 2.6% to 1.4%.
- At the same time, income inequality was the lowest among all developing
- The region is well on its way to meeting the 2015 target on making
primary education available to boys and girls, with enrolment ratios
already at 95%.
- The region’s weakest performance was on the MDG of ensuring
gender equality and the empowerment of women. The share of women among
paid workers outside the agricultural sector has been stalled at 20%
- In 2007, an average of only 8% of parliamentary seats were occupied
by women, although there was a marked progress in Morocco and Tunisia