Aid, employment, and poverty reduction in Africa
John Page and
Abebe Abebe ()
No 43, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)
Growth and poverty reduction in Africa are weakly linked. This paper argues that the reason is that Africa has failed to create enough good jobs. Structural transformationâ€•the relative growth of employment in high productivity sectorsâ€•has not featured in Africaâ€™s post- 1995 growth story. As a result, the regionâ€™s fastest growing economies have the least responsiveness of employment to growth. The role of development aid in this context is problematic. Across Africa more aid went to countries with a low employment intensity of growth. The paper proposes a new approach to aid and poverty in Africa, one that focuses on supporting structural change for job creation.
Keywords: aid; employment; growth; poverty; structural change (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: Aid, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Africa (2015)
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