"A large proportion of citizens in developing countries particularly those in Africa and the least developed countries live in poverty. Further, it is the rural environment that is typically host to the worst problems of poverty, disease, illiteracy, ignorance and deprivation. Against this background, it is imperative that governments, particularly those in Africa and the least developed countries, adopt conscious and transparent human centered development policies and strategies that will effectively achieve social development, accelerate economic growth and make all citizens both creators as well as beneficiaries of the national wealth." ~ Flt Lt Rawlings at the World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen, Denmark, March 11 1995

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