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New Book Release: Poverty Reduction in the Course of African Development

Poverty Reduction in the Course of African Development

Oxford University Press, 2017

ISBN: 9780198797692, 416 pages


An edited volume based on papers presented at an IAD symposium, the book honors the work of Erik Thorbecke, H.E. Babcock Professor of Economics, for his lifetime achievements on poverty reduction, especially in Africa.


In light of the opportunities and the challenges facing African economies in the 21st century, the volume traces the evolution of poverty in the course of economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. By engaging with, and seeking to develop on, the work of Professor Erik Thorbecke, it examines the evolving dynamics of poverty in multiple dimensions. It also discusses how to lay down foundations for improved governance and institutions that will realize inclusive development in sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, the volume contributes to our understanding of dynamics of pro-poor growth and pro-growth poverty reduction, and to the on-going policy and academic debates on how to overcome fragility and vulnerability and secure inclusive development through socio-economic transformation in sub-Saharan Africa.


Machiko Nissanke is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She previously worked at the University of Oxford, Birkbeck College, and University College London.


Muna Ndulo is Professor of Law and Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Director of the Leo and Arvilla Berger International Legal Studies Program at Cornell Law School, and Director of Cornell University's Institute for African Development. He is also Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town and Extra Ordinary Professor of Law at Free State University.