Policy Brief
Two cheers on growth and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

Evidence from a 16 country study

While the recovery and acceleration of economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) since about 1995 has been widely recognized, much less is known about the extent to which this growth has been translated into improvements in welfare for the population in general and poverty reduction in particular. UNU-WIDER’s Growth and Poverty Project (GAPP) therefore undertook detailed case studies of 16 of the 24 most populous countries in SSA, covering almost 75% of its population, and focusing on the last 10-20 years. Arguably, this is the most comprehensive and careful assessment of growth and poverty on the sub-continent currently available.