After a Decade of Growth in Africa, Little Change in Poverty at the Grassroots


Show simple item record Dulani, Boniface Mattes, Robert Logan, Carolyn 2016-11-07T10:13:34Z 2016-11-07T10:13:34Z 2013-10
dc.identifier.citation Dulani, B., Mattes, R. & Logan, C. (2013). After a Decade of Growth in Africa, Little Change in Poverty at the Grassroots. Afrobarometer Policy No. 1. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract New data from Round 5 of the Afrobarometer, collected across an unprecedented 34 African countries between October 2011 and June 2013,1 demonstrates that “lived poverty” remains pervasive across the continent. This data, based on the views and experiences of ordinary citizens, counters projections of declining poverty rates that have been derived from official GDP growth rates. For the 16 countries where these questions have been asked over the past decade, we find little evidence for systematic reduction of lived poverty despite average GDP growth rates of 4.8% per year2 over the same period. While we do see reductions in five countries (Cape Verde, Ghana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe), we also find increases in lived poverty in five others (Botswana, Mali, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania). Overall, then, despite high reported growth rates, lived poverty at the grassroots remains little changed. This suggests either that growth is occurring, but that its effects are not trickling down to the poorest citizens (in fact, income inequality may be worsening), or alternatively, that actual growth rates may not match up to those being reported. The evidence also suggests, however, that investments in infrastructure and social services are strongly linked with lower levels of lived poverty. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.title After a Decade of Growth in Africa, Little Change in Poverty at the Grassroots en_ZA
dc.type Policy Brief en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Policy brief en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Political Studies en_ZA
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