Growth, inequality and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa : recent progress in a global context

Show simple item record Fosu, Augustin Kwasi 2015-01-19T11:31:57Z 2015-01-19T11:31:57Z 2015-01
dc.description.abstract The present study employs recent World Bank data to shed light, in a global context, on the transformation of changes in income and inequality into poverty reduction for a large number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The study begins by discussing SSA’s progress on poverty. Next, it presents data on how various African countries have fared in terms of the incidence of poverty relative to other countries, with special emphasis on the period since the mid-1990s, when SSA generally experienced a growth resurgence. The paper then decomposes performance on poverty into changes in income and inequality for a sample of SSA countries that have the requisite data. The paper finds that recent progress on poverty has been considerable, in contrast to the earlier, 1980–early 1990s, period. Compared with the progress in a global sample of countries, however, progress has been mixed: nonetheless, although African countries lag behind the Brazil, India, China and Russia group of countries as a whole, many of them have outperformed India. Furthermore, while income growth is found to be the main engine for poverty reduction in SSA in general, the role of inequality is crucial in certain countries. Viewed in a global context, moreover, the low levels of income have inhibited the effectiveness of income and inequality improvements in reducing poverty in many African countries. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Augustin Kwasi Fosu (2015) Growth,Inequality and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: Recent Progress in a Global Context, Oxford Development Studies, 43:1, 44-59, DOI: 10.1080/13600818.2014.964195 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1360-0818 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1469-9966 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/13600818.2014.964195
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2014 Oxford Department of International Development. This is an electronic version of an article published in Oxford Development Studies, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 44-59, 2015. doi : 10.1080/13600818.2014.964195. Oxford Development Studies is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject Growth en_ZA
dc.subject Inequality en_ZA
dc.subject Poverty en_ZA
dc.subject Recent progress en_ZA
dc.subject Global context en_ZA
dc.subject Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) en_ZA
dc.title Growth, inequality and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa : recent progress in a global context en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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