By Quentin Wodon

This quantity presents a suite of six case reviews from West Africa. those examine the advantages of development (or the prices of a scarcity of development) when it comes to poverty relief in these nations. the 1st a part of this e-book describes the event of 2 nations (Ghana and Senegal) that accomplished excessive degrees of development within the Nineties, and that still skilled vital discounts in poverty, even supposing development was once now not strictly pro-poor. the second one half describes the event of 2 different nations (Burkina Faso and Cape Verde) that still accomplished excessive degrees of progress within the Nineteen Nineties, yet the place there has been an preliminary conception that progress didn't bring about a lot poverty relief. The extra unique research of poverty offered the following indicates despite the fact that that those nations did witness a pointy aid of their inhabitants percentage in poverty, as might were anticipated given their progress list. eventually, within the 3rd half, the authors argue loss of progress within the Nineties in Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria has been a key cause of their again and again excessive degrees of poverty.

Overall, the case reviews make a powerful case for the confident influence of progress on poverty relief in West Africa. despite the fact that, in addition they aspect to the necessity to pay shut cognizance to alterations in inequality, simply because such alterations have constrained the profits from development for the negative in different of the international locations thought of right here.

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