A fundamental question about contemporary Africa is why does Africa remain so poor, long after the departure of the European Colonial domination and in the midst of so many natural resources?
Poverty Reduction Strategies in Africa provides new understandings of the persistent issue of poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and makes recommendations for policy frameworks to help African governments alleviate poverty. Each chapters uses case studies to review the old strategies for resolving the problem of poverty in the continent and make the case for new initiatives to address poverty. The contributors focus on practical and day-to-day issues as the best approach to formulate and implement poverty reduction strategies in contemporary Africa.
This book is invaluable reading for students and scholars of African politics and development.
Table of Contents
Part I: Dimensions and Assessments of Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa
1. Poverty in Post-colonial Africa: The Legacy of Contested Perspectives
2. Scaling up Power Infrastructure Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa for Poverty Alleviation
3. The Impact of Anti-Corruption Conventions in Sub-Saharan Africa
4. The Besieged Continent: Interrogating Contemporary Issues of Corruption and Poverty in Africa
5. PEPFAR and Preventing HIV Transmission: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
6. Reflections on the Current Challenges of Poverty Reduction in Africa
7. A Critical Analysis of Poverty Reduction Strategies in Post-Colonial Africa
Part II: Problems of Good Governance and Institutional Failures in West-Africa
8. Weaknesses and Failures of Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs in Nigeria since 1960
9. In the Web of Neo¬-Liberalism and Deepening Contradictions? Assessing Poverty Reform Strategies in West Africa Since the Mid-1980s
10. An Assessment of Abuse of the elderly as an Aspect of Poverty in Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria
11. Reflections on the Interface between Poverty and Food Insecurity in Nigeria
12. An Appraisal of Poverty Reduction Program in Bayelsa State of Nigeria: “In- Care of the People” (COPE)
13. A Comparative Analysis of Incidence of Poverty in Three Urban Centers in Ghana from 1945-1990
Toyin Falola is University Distinguished Teaching Professor and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.
Mike O. Odey is a Professor of Economic History at Benue State University, Nigeria.