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

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Overview

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: 5/28/2001
  • 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. I Africa's Poverty Problem 1
1 A First View 3
2 Different Poverty Concepts Can Point in Different Directions 10
3 African Poverty Has Many Dimensions 15
Pt. II The Causes of Poverty 25
4 Overview of the Proximate and Primary Causes of Poverty 27
5 Economic Stagnation Has Caused Much Poverty 32
6 Why Has Growth Been So Poor? 40
7 Both Governments and Markets Have Failed the Poor 55
8 The Poor Have Inadequate Capital 66
9 Sustaining Improvements in Social Indicators Requires Growing Income and Better State Service Provision 75
10 Household and Population Dynamics: Good and Bad News for Poverty Reduction 86
11 Women's Unequal Position Pervades the Poverty Problem 92
Pt. III Poverty Reduction Policies 97
12 Outlines of an Antipoverty Strategy 99
13 National Policies for Reducing Poverty 104
14 Find out More and Monitor Progress 112
15 Donor Countries Need to Do More, Too 117
App.: Selected Statistical Data 124
References and Bibliography 133
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