Ghana: Poverty reduction over thirty years

Type Working Paper
Title Ghana: Poverty reduction over thirty years
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
Ghana is relatively rare among Sub-Saharan African countries in having had sustained
positive growth every year since the mid-1980s. This paper analyses the nature of the growth and
then presents an analysis of the evolution of both consumption poverty and non-monetary poverty
outcomes over this period, showing improvements in almost all indicators over this period. At the
same time, inequality has risen over the past 20 years and spatial inequality, in both monetary and
non-monetary outcomes, remains an important concern. This increase in inequality is one reason
why growth has not led to faster poverty reduction.

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