Excess Mortality, Economic Growth, and Public Action in Sub‐Saharan Africa

Peter Svedberg

in Poverty and Undernutrition

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780198292685
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596957 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Excess Mortality, Economic Growth, and Public Action in Sub‐Saharan Africa

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Following up on the quantitative analysis in the preceding chapter (15), revealing excess child mortality in sub‐Saharan Africa, a more qualitative analysis of the public sector in the countries in this region is provided in Ch. 16. The public resources spent on health care and education, in these countries, are not abnormally small (given the income levels), but the quality of the services is, with few exceptions, dismal. Moreover, the resource allocation is biased towards curative health care in big cities and higher education. Often, less than half the rural population has access to basic health care and primary education. Lack of economic growth and political misallocation of resources are found to be at the bottom of the problem.

Keywords: Africa; child mortality; economic growth; education; health care; public resources; resource misallocation; rural population

Chapter.  12171 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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