Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

Hardcover | May 14, 2016

EditorChanning Arndt, Andy McKay, Finn Tarp

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While the economic growth renaissance in sub-Saharan Africa is widely recognized, much less is known about progress in living conditions. This book comprehensively evaluates trends in living conditions in 16 major sub-Saharan African countries, corresponding to nearly 75% of the totalpopulation. A striking diversity of experience emerges. While monetary indicators improved in many countries, others are yet to succeed in channeling the benefits of economic growth into the pockets of the poor. Some countries experienced little economic growth, and saw little material progress forthe poor. At the same time, the large majority of countries have made impressive progress in key non-monetary indicators of wellbeing. Overall, the African growth renaissance earns two cheers, but not three. While gains in macroeconomic and political stability are real, they are also fragile. Growth on a per capita basis is much better than in the 1980s and 1990s, yet not rapid compared with other developing regions. Importantlyfrom a pan-African perspective, key economies-particularly Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa-are not among the better performers. Looking forward, realistic expectations are required. The development process is, almost always, a long hard slog. Nevertheless, real and durable factors appear to be at play on the sub-continent with positive implications for growth and poverty reduction in future.

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While the economic growth renaissance in sub-Saharan Africa is widely recognized, much less is known about progress in living conditions. This book comprehensively evaluates trends in living conditions in 16 major sub-Saharan African countries, corresponding to nearly 75% of the totalpopulation. A striking diversity of experience emerg...

Channing Arndt has more than 20 years of experience in development economics with seven years combined resident experience in Morocco and Mozambique. He has published more than 55 articles in leading academic journals and has taken leadership roles in major policy documents such as the design of a carbon tax for the National Treasury o...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:May 14, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Channing Arndt, Andy McKay, and Finn Tarp: Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa2. Channing Arndt, Andy McKay, and Finn Tarp: Synthesis: Two Cheers for the African Growth Renaissance (but not three)GROUP 1: Rapid Growth and Rapid Poverty Reduction3. David Stifel and Tassew Woldehanna: Poverty in Ethiopia, 2000-11: Welfare Improvements in a Changing Economic Landscape4. Andy McKay, Jukka Pirttila, and Finn Tarp: Ghana: Poverty Reduction over Thirty Years5. Karl Pauw, Ulrik Beck, and Richard Mussa: Did Rapid Smallholder-led Agricultural Growth Fail to Reduce Rural Poverty? Making Sense of Malawi's Poverty Puzzle6. Andy McKay and Marijke Verpoorten: Growth, Poverty Reduction, and Inequality in Rwanda7. Bjorn Van Campenhout, Haruna Sekabira, and Dede Houeto Aduayom: Poverty and its Dynamics in Uganda: Explorations using a New Set of Poverty LinesGROUP 2: Rapid Growth but Limited Poverty Reduction8. Michael Grimm, Claude Wetta, and Aude Nikiema: Burkina Faso: Shipping Around the Malthusian Trap9. Channing Arndt, E. Samuel Jones, and Finn Tarp: Mozambique: Off-track or Temporarily Sidelined?10. Olu Ajakaiye, Afeikhena T. Jerome, Olanrewaju Olaniyan, Kristi Mahrt, and Olufunke A. Alaba: Spatial and Temporal Multidimensional Poverty in Nigeria11. Channing Arndt, Lionel Demery, Andy McKay, and Finn Tarp: Growth and Poverty Reduction in Tanzania12. Gibson Masumbu and Kristi Mahrt: Assessing Progress in Welfare Improvements in Zambia: A Multidimensional ApproachGROUP 3: Uninspiring/Negative Growth and Poverty Reduction13. Samuel Fambon, Andy McKay, Joseph-Pierre Timnou, Olive Stephanie Kouakep, Anaclet Desire Dzossa, and Romain Tchakoute Ngoho: Slow Progress in Growth and Poverty Reduction in Cameroon14. Denis Cogneau, Kenneth Houngbedji, and Sandrine Mesple-Somps: The Fall of the Elephant: Two Decades of Poverty Increase in Cote d'Ivoire, 1988-200815. Arne Bigsten, Damiano Kulundu Manda, Germano Mwabu, and Anthony Wambugu: Incomes, Inequality, and Poverty in Kenya: A Long-Term Perspective16. David Stifel, Tiaray Razafimanantena, and Faly Rakotomanana: Utility-Consistent Poverty in Madagascar, 2001-10: Snapshots in the Presence of Multiple Economy-Wide Shocks17. Murray Leibbrandt, Arden Finn, and Morne Oosthuizen: Poverty, Inequality, and Prices in Post-Apartheid South AfricaGROUP 4: Low Information Countries18. Kristi Mahrt and Malokele Nanivazo: Growth and Poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo: 2001-13