Growth, Public Action, and Well‐Being: What Can Sub‐Saharan Africa Learn from Others?

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

 Growth, Public Action, and Well‐Being: What Can Sub‐Saharan Africa Learn from Others?

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The basic question is what governments in sub‐Saharan Africa can learn from researched experience in other parts of the world so as to break the present deadlock. If ever the political urge to seriously reduce the plights of the population (ill health, undernutrition, illiteracy, excess mortality) is to come forth in the sub‐Saharan African countries, there are two main (not mutually excluding) policy routes ahead. One is a reallocation of existing resources to these ends, while simultaneously improving the quality of the public services. This, it is argued, could help to some extent, but present income levels in these countries are far too low for resource reallocation to be a final remedy. From both supply and demand perspectives, the only long‐term solution is to accomplish economic growth (with an equitable profile) that alleviates the root cause for undernutrition and other health and social plights, i.e. economic poverty.

Keywords: Africa; economic growth; ill health; illiteracy; political urge; poverty; public services; undernutrition

Chapter.  9444 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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