Global progress in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

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Rwanda met most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) due in part to strong economic growth (22). This growth stemmed substantial improvements in living standards such as a two-thirds reduction in child mortality and the attainment of near-universal primary school enrolment (22). A strong focus on home-grown policies and initiatives also contributed to a significant improvement in access to services and in human development indicators. In addition, the poverty rate dropped from 44% in 2011 to 39% in 2014 (22).