African Poverty at the Millennium: Causes, Complexities, and Challenges

African Poverty at the Millennium: Causes, Complexities, and Challenges

by Howard White, Tony Killick, Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa
     
 

ISBN-10: 0821348671

ISBN-13: 9780821348673

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: World Bank Publications

Poverty is a large and growing problem in Africa resulting in an immense amount of avoidable suffering, foreshortened lives, frustrated potentials, and joyless existences. The poverty trap is more than just an economic phenomenon but a social phenomenon as well.

African Poverty at the Millennium: Causes, Complexities, and Challenges is confined to the

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Poverty is a large and growing problem in Africa resulting in an immense amount of avoidable suffering, foreshortened lives, frustrated potentials, and joyless existences. The poverty trap is more than just an economic phenomenon but a social phenomenon as well.

African Poverty at the Millennium: Causes, Complexities, and Challenges is confined to the sub-Saharan region of Africa. The analysis found in Part I of this book, emphasizes the many-sided nature of poverty and the importance of going beyond generalizations about the poor. Part II looks at the various causes of poverty in Africa, stressing the powerful ill-effects of a combination of sluggish past economic growth and large, possibly widening, inequalities. It also draws attention to the strength of the social and political factors contributing to poverty. Part III outlines an anti-poverty strategy, highlighting the necessity for an inclusive and far-reaching approach, on the basis of joint action by concerned governments and donors.

The poor in Africa are triply disadvantaged. Firstly, there is a widening international gap as African social indicators lag behind the rest of the world, partly as a result of poor growth. Secondly, by Africa's poor performance in turning income to social welfare. Thirdly, by national disparities in health and education between the poor and non-poor.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821348673
Publisher:
World Bank Publications
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Executive Summary
Pt. IAfrica's Poverty Problem1
1A First View3
2Different Poverty Concepts Can Point in Different Directions10
3African Poverty Has Many Dimensions15
Pt. IIThe Causes of Poverty25
4Overview of the Proximate and Primary Causes of Poverty27
5Economic Stagnation Has Caused Much Poverty32
6Why Has Growth Been So Poor?40
7Both Governments and Markets Have Failed the Poor55
8The Poor Have Inadequate Capital66
9Sustaining Improvements in Social Indicators Requires Growing Income and Better State Service Provision75
10Household and Population Dynamics: Good and Bad News for Poverty Reduction86
11Women's Unequal Position Pervades the Poverty Problem92
Pt. IIIPoverty Reduction Policies97
12Outlines of an Antipoverty Strategy99
13National Policies for Reducing Poverty104
14Find out More and Monitor Progress112
15Donor Countries Need to Do More, Too117
App.: Selected Statistical Data124
References and Bibliography133

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