"We've pursued inclusive development, protecting the rights of women, children, the elderly, disabled, and ethnic minorities. They are key groups, and we've taken special care of them. We've especially worked to help women. Poor women improved their capability to run their own businesses, and subsequently help others earn an income," she said.
Sonnia-Magba Bu-Buakei Jabbi, director of demographic of health and social statistics at Research and Innovation of Sierra Leone called for efforts to empower adolescents and give them a stronger voice.
"Improving access to quality education and vocational training, increasing children's and adolescents' voices, monitoring expenditures, strengthening district level plans and budgets, building child responsive budgets and institutionalizing mobile technologies to support voice and participation," he said.
Maximo Torero, chief economist at the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization also underscored the importance of poverty alleviation, saying it can benefit humanity as a whole.
It is just like what Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, once said: "Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice."