Structural adjustment and mass poverty in Ghana

Kwabena Donkor

in World poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9781861343956
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304340 | DOI:
Structural adjustment and mass poverty in Ghana

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Anti-poverty policies in and for poor countries deserve even more intensive appraisal to find why they are failing to work. This chapter describes the ever-worsening situation in Sub-Saharan Africa, recording the weakest economic-growth and development rates of all developing regions. In Ghana, 40 per cent of the population were recorded as being in poverty in 1998–9 and 27 per cent were in extreme poverty. The discussion argues that it is wrong to focus on the actions and responsibilities of individual governments. It was the role of global economic and political arrangements in the impoverishment of individuals, communities, and nations that had to be given most attention. In the late 1980s, the first instrument of poverty alleviation under adjustment was the Programme of Action to Mitigate the Social Cost of Adjustment (PAMSCAD). However, it turned out to be fraud perpetrated on the poor of Ghana by the government and its international backers.

Keywords: anti-poverty policies; Ghana; Sub-Saharan Africa; mass poverty; poverty alleviation; PAMSCAD

Chapter.  14862 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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