Poverty In Africa Essay

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GDP AND POVERTY IN AFRICA Gross domestic product depict the total wealth of a nation and widely used as a yardstick to judge a nation’s wealth. GDP is the right specification of an economy's size stressing on economic growth and welfare of people. Africa has major development aspirations in the broader context of a global and continental economic development agenda (UN, 2016). The continent is endowed with riches of natural resources yet it is staged in poverty and slow in growth and development. This required prudent initiatives to generate anti-poverty policies to tackle the problems in the continent. Considerable efforts by governments to scale up gross domestic product of many African countries has not yielded enough thus demand for further…show more content…
It is believed that the reduction of GDP of Africa has an implicit effect at the individual and household level and further correlated with poverty in the continent. Poverty remain number one cause of hunger in Africa and other parts of the world. Poverty according to the United Nations comprises of myriad concepts. Poverty is a denial of choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity, lack of basic capacity to participate effectively in society. It means not having enough to feed and clothe a family, not having a school or clinic to go to (UN, 1998). Poverty subject majority of Africans to not having sufficient income to purchase enough food resulting in about 45% of people in Sub-Saharan Africa living below the poverty line of less than one dollar a day with more than 65% of the population living in rural areas (Prabhu et al, 2009). It is evident that Sub-Sahara Africa has the highest level of poverty with close to halve of the region’s population classified as poor (SESRTCIC, 2007) accompanied with its challenges. It’s rate of killing is incomparable to diseases and has been cited the highest killer far worse than HIV/AIDS, malaria (Tazoacha, 2001) and far worse than dreadful Ebola (Addae-Korankye,

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