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While significant advancements have been made in the past few years, rural development in Africa is still far behind that of many other regions in the world.
Since the implementation of the Millennium Goals in 2000 there has been change in healthcare, education and sanitation, however agriculture and infrastructure are still severely lacking. This is a result of violence (in a few countries) and a shortage of money and people to assist in achieving these goals.
Many communities have seen little, if any change, in their situations at all. This is a problem that needs to be addressed.
It is with the assistance of local governments and organisations, such as GAPS, that communities throughout Africa are beginning to be given the opportunities to improve. This is achieved through advances in education, healthcare and assistance in infrastructure and micro financing.
While there is still much to be done in this area, the beginnings of change have started.
To find out more about the state of rural development in Kenya, click here.