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Eliminating Extreme Poverty in Africa: Trends, Policies and the Role of International Organizations

Zorobabel Bicaba (), Zuzana Brixiová Schwidrowski () and Mthuli Ncube ()

No 170, SALDRU Working Papers from Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town

Abstract: Eradicating extreme poverty for all people everywhere by 2030 is the first goal among the UN Sustainable Development Goals that guide the current development agenda. This paper examines its feasibility for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the world's poorest but growing region. It finds that under plausible assumptions extreme poverty will not be eradicated in SSA by 2030, but it can be reduced to low levels. National and regional policies that focus on accelerating growth, while making it more inclusive would accelerate poverty reduction. International organizations, including informal ones such as the G20, can play a key role in this endeavor by encouraging policy coordination and coherence.

Keywords: Poverty; sustainable development; inclusive growth; policies; governance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E21 E25 I32 O11 O20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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