2019 Goalkeepers Report: examining the inequality

Nigeria and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in health and education by 2030, the 2019 Goalkeepers Report has said. The 2019 Goalkeepers Report released by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said many low and middle income countries are struggling to achieve the SDGs due to gender and geographical inequities in many of the regions. It said though there has been an impressive universal progress as “inequality between countries are narrowing down, the results are still bad”. The Goalkeepers report is the foundation’s annual score card on the world’s progress towards achieving the global goals. This year’s report focuses on “examining the inequality – ‘how geography and gender stacks the deck for (or against) you.'” According to the report, many developing countries like Nigeria are still lagging behind in achieving the SDG goals. This, it said, is because the percentage of people in the region suffering from inequities based on geographical and gender barriers are still very high.