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Every third African is now middle-class

Through our participation in the UN Global Compact EKF has agreed to contribute to the UN 2015 Millennium Development Goals to fight poverty. Already now some of the targets have been achieved. For instance,  two in three developing countries are in the process of reducing poverty by half so that every third African is now middle class.
​The UN 2015 goals are the world’s concerted efforts to fight poverty and two thirds of all developing countries are likely to halve poverty by 2015. According to the World Bank, in every region of the developing world, the number of extreme poor, i.e. people living on less than USD 1.25 a day, declined between 2005 and 2008.

It is particularly encouraging that many African countries experience strong progress e.g. Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. According to Mthuli Ncube chief economist of the African Development Bank, one out of three Africans are now middle class defined as people spending up to USD 20 a day.

EKF is happy with this progress and pleased with our own contribution.

”In 2011, our contribution was to secure the working conditions of 145,000 full-time employees around the world. In other words, in 2011 alone, 145,000 people were employed because of the projects that EKF was involved in”, says Kristina Maria Goldberg, CSR Advisor at EKF.

This shows that the fight against global extreme poverty is bearing fruit.

As a socially responsible organisation EKF helps to convey good news as part of the campaign The World’s Best News formed by the UN, Danida (the Danish Development Cooperation) and 70 aid organisations.

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EKF helped the small and newly established company DMS Africa, when they won an important order for buildings to the British government’s representation in South Sudan. The company was established in 2009 with headquarters in Vodskov, North Jutland, and today they have offices in Kenya and South Sudan.  DMS Africa has 15 employees in total of which 12 are in Africa.

> Read more about how EKF helped DMS Africa by providing a working capital guarantee and credit for the project in Africa.

EKF is a business partner in the campaign The World’s Best News formed by 70 aid organisations, Danida (the Danish Development Cooperation) and the UN. The aim of the campaign is to convey the concrete results of development aid and the work to fight global poverty.

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