Development talks

Africa rising? Poverty and growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Uppdaterad: 4 april 2016

When: Friday, 22 April, 2016
Time: 9.00-11.30 (the events starts 9 am sharp, so please register from 8.30)
Venue: Sida, (Oasen), Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm

In the past decade, we have seen impressive economic growth in many African countries, and also improved access to social services like education and health. But while the share of the population living in poverty has fallen, the absolute number has not, and inequality within and between countries remains high. 

What do we know about recent growth trends and its impact on poverty and inequality? Do growth and poverty reduction go hand in hand and how can we measure these developments? 

At this seminar, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) launches a new book which summarizes an extensive project on growth and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. The book highlights a diversified pattern across 16 countries, with some countries truly on track in both growth and poverty reduction, others with growth but with modest poverty reduction, and yet others with more discouraging performance.

Another set of studies, so called Reality Checks, are trying to assess the impact of development and poverty reduction policies ‘from below’. By regularly consulting households and local communities, a deeper understanding of the dynamics of poverty has emerged. The final report of this five-year project carried out in Mozambique will be presented at the seminar.


The event is free of charge.


Moderator: Annika Sundén, Sida


08:30 Registration

09:00 Introduction
Torbjörn Pettersson, Assistant Director General and Head of Africa Department, Sida 

09:15 Growth and Poverty Project (GAPP)
Findings of Africa’s growth, poverty and inequality trends, including more detailed findings from the Mozambique country study and questions from audience.
Finn Tarp, Director, UNU-WIDER
Andrew McKay, Professor, UNU-WIDER

09:55 Reality check Mozambique
How is poverty and development perceived among the people on the ground?
Inge Tvedten,  Senior researcher, Christian Michelsen Institute 
Minna Tuominnen, Senior researcher, COWI 

10:20 Coffee 

10:40 Panel discussion
Is this a complete picture of growth and poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa? Why does poverty sometimes increase despite a high growth? What are the bottle necks and what can be done?
Finn Tarp, Director, UNU-WIDER
Razia Kahn, Chief economist, Standard Charters
Inge Tvedten, Senior researcher, Christian Michelsen Institute
George Adu, Senior researcher, the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI)
Susanne Spets, Head of development cooperation at the Swedish embassy in Uganda.

11:30 End

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