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

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World Bank Publications, Jan 1, 2001 - Business & Economics - 139 pages
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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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Canadian author Howard White grew up on Nelson Island, British Columbia in the 1950's. White started his career as a newspaper reporter and later wrote for magazines and science and political books. He has written in such books as The Sunshine Coast and Spilsbury Coast: Pioneer Years in the Wet West. White received the 1991 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor for his book Writing in the Rain and the 1995 British Columbia Book Prize and the Haig Brown Regional Prize for Raincoat Chronicles.

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