ISBN 9780798301701
Pages 408
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2004
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Debt Relief Initiatives and Poverty Alleviation

Lessons from Africa

edited by Munyae Mulinge

A multi-contributor work on the vast subject of debt and debt relief in Africa; the focus of the book being the welfare implications of debt, and its impact on the poorest and most vulnerable, and on future generations.

The volume presents a pan-African perspective, giving an overview of the ‘African debt dilemma’, causes, effects and policy options. It presents case studies on virtually all the southern, central- southern, and east African countries, and comparative studies on debt and poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa in general, and in the SADC region in particular. An entire section is devoted to theoretical perspectives, covering topics such as debt forgiveness initiatives and poverty alleviation; debt, poverty, compliance and the classics of regression; the urbanisation of poverty, and dichotomous poverty alleviation strategies; and population variables.

Useful statistics are additionally provided on African economies and Africa’s resources.

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"This review has focused on the essays that deal specifically with the African debt crisis, but there are also a large number of essays that relate to the theme of poverty alleviation, not only as this relates to the debt theme, but also in relation to the widespread effects of landmines on poverty levels in Mozambique, for example, or the situation of the urban poor in Addis Ababa and the ineffectual nature of NGOs. The state of aid in Tanzania and how the link between poverty reduction and foreign aid flows is hard to find is another interesting topic tackled".

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