Understanding and Reducing Persistent Poverty in Africa: Introduction to a Special Issue

  • Barrett C
  • Carter M
  • Little P
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Abstract

This paper introduces a special issue exploring persistent poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. As a set, these papers break new ground in exploring the dynamics of structural poverty, integrating qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis and adopting an asset-based approach to the study of changes in well-being, especially in response to a wide range of different (climatic, health, political, and other) shocks. In this introductory essay, we frame these studies, building directly on evolving conceptualisations of poverty in Africa.

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  • poverty, africa, asset based

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  • C B Barrett

  • M Carter

  • P D Little

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