Planting and Nurturing the Seeds of Equity in Africa

Income Inequality Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa: Divergence, Determinants and Consequences (2017)

60 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2018

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Giovanni Andrea Cornia

University of Florence - Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche

Ayodele Odusola

United Nations Development Programme Regional Bureau for Africa

Haroon Bhorat

University of Cape Town

Pedro Conceicao

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

SSA has made a number of important improvements in the 15 years since the turn of the 20th century. GDP growth has accelerated after two and a half decades of stagnation, agricultural output has risen in some countries after a protracted decline, and internal and external macroeconomic equilibrium has been restored in much of the region. In addition, although difficult to define, democratic rule has spread across the region and, even more important, the number of conflicts was halved, although new episodes linked to violent extremism are occurring. The incidence of HIV/AIDS and its destabilising impact have declined slowly since the mid-2000s as a result of more extensive awareness campaigns and the increased supply of antiretrovirals. These and other health interventions, including action on malaria control, have led to a very rapid decline in the under-5 mortality rate (U5MR) and some improvements in overall health conditions. This has led to increased life expectancy at birth to 60 years for the region as a whole. Several other MDG targets were met, although less progress was achieved in reducing child malnutrition and maternal mortality. Furthermore, with the development of highly divisible technologies, the region has begun to catch up with other developing regions in the field of communications, internet banking, marketing and services. Finally, central to the topic of this book, over the last 20 years, inequality declined in more than half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, several Asian countries (e.g. Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka), some economies in transition (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Montenegro) and OECD countries (Australia, Canada, France and United States of America) experienced an upturn in inequality.

Suggested Citation

Cornia, Giovanni Andrea and Odusola, Ayodele and Bhorat, Haroon and Conceicao, Pedro, Planting and Nurturing the Seeds of Equity in Africa (2017). Income Inequality Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa: Divergence, Determinants and Consequences (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3101815

Giovanni Andrea Cornia

University of Florence - Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche ( email )

Florence 50127
Italy

Ayodele Odusola (Contact Author)

United Nations Development Programme Regional Bureau for Africa ( email )

One United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
United States
212.906.5905 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://sites.google.com/nyu.edu/odusola/home?authuser=1

Haroon Bhorat

University of Cape Town ( email )

One United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
United States

Pedro Conceicao

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ( email )

New York, NY 10017
United States

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