The Millenium Development Goals act more like guidelines of countries that deeper in crises in others but do not provide a blueprint for the unique problems that each of these underdeveloped or undeveloped nations face. The intersections of poverty in each of these mean that when one problem is addressed, another goes unsolved or exacerbated by lack of attention.
One such country not immune to the stresses of poverty is Burkina Faso. The small country in western Africa is has struggled with making basic needs available to its citizens. The average income per capita of the is US$300. Aside from the low monetary poverty of Burkinabes, only 26 percent of the population has access to financial services as estimated by the World Bank in 2007. With high population density, inconsistent weather pattens and poor soil, it seems almost futile for prosperity. The most important Millenium Development Goals to Burkina Faso is arguably “Environmental Sustainability.” There are very little other industries that can sustain growth for the nation and the variable rains mean that some seasons go with little to harvest.
The role of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund is to provide stimulus and assistance for countries like Burkina Faso to prevent them from the brink of collapse. While their broad concept seems to be humanitarian, it is not immune to criticisms for it. While the World Bank provides loans to growing capital programs in each nation it assists, it can increase inflation drastically meaning that cost of living is becomes astronomical while wages do not increase.
This gives merit to the idea that growth is not always about money but it is about sustainability. The cliche of “teaching a man to fish” comes in handy here. For instance, giving a farmer one cow can give him milk and beef for his family for perhaps a short time but providing him with two cattle can help him build his herd and make him into a successful farmer and a contributor to his local economy.