Poverty in Post Independent Eritrea - Challenges and Implications

Journal of Global Economy, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 28-40, March 2008

Posted: 28 Oct 2008 Last revised: 7 May 2015

Prof. Ravinder Rena

North-West University; Polytechnic of Namibia; University of the Western Cape; Papua New Guinea University of Technology

Date Written: March 28, 2008

Abstract

Poverty is one of the serious problems of the world. The problem is more severe in Africa. Eritrea is 16 years old young nation got independence from Ethiopia. The economy of the country was quite good during 1993-97. Later, however, Eritrea has been exposed numerous challenges such as drought, famines, war. As a result, the poverty has become more rampant in the country where more than 66 percent people live below poverty line. Some families live on remittances. The government has taken some poverty alleviation measures, the poverty did not come down due to lack of resources and the poor implementation of the program. An attempt is made in the paper to explore the incidence of poverty. It also provides the details of poverty surveys that are conducted since independence. The paper discusses various challenges of the poverty and provides some policy implications.

Keywords: Poverty, Eritrea, Drought, Development, Agriculture

JEL Classification: E2, F31, H11

Suggested Citation

Rena, Prof. Ravinder, Poverty in Post Independent Eritrea - Challenges and Implications (March 28, 2008). Journal of Global Economy, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 28-40, March 2008 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1290914

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