Gender and Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa: Issues and Evidence

David Lawson, S. Canagarajah, S Klasen, M Blackden

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Since at least the mid-1970s, sub-Saharan Africa’s growth performance has lagged behind all other developing regions, with large and rising income gaps compared with the rapidly growing economies in East and South Asia. This poor growth performance has translated into a similarly poor performance in terms of poverty reduction, with Africa having the highest poverty rates (incidence as well as depth using the international $1-a-day poverty line) and showing no progress in meeting Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG1) since the early 1980s (Chen and Ravallion 2004). Africa also suffers from a low poverty elasticity of growth, largely due to its high inequality, which by now is among the highest in the developing world (World Bank 2005a).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvancing Development
Subtitle of host publicationCore Themes in Global Economics
EditorsGeorge Mavrotas, Anthony Shorrocks
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780230801462
ISBN (Print)9780230019027, 9780230019041
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2007
EventUNU Wider Jubilee Conference:: Thinking Ahead: the Future of Development Economics - , Finland
Duration: 23 Apr 2007 → …

Publication series

NameStudies in Development Economics and Policy
ISSN (Print)1754-9604


ConferenceUNU Wider Jubilee Conference:
Period23/04/07 → …
Internet address


  • Informal Sector
  • Gender Inequality
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Gender Issue
  • International Food Policy Research Institute


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