Dr Mo Ibrahim, Mo Ibrahim Foundation | October 6, 2009
The launch of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance 2009 highlights the continued lack of comprehensive data with which to assess the continent. ++ Poverty data for large parts of Saharan Africa is non-existent or inadequate and consequently important indicators have not been incorporated into the index. ++ "If we cannot accurately measure poverty, we surely cannot accurately measure our efforts to tackle it." ++ These gaps are particularly problematic with regards to the Millennium Development Goals and the aim of halving poverty by 2015.