A review of theories and evidence of inclusive growth: an economic perspective for Africa

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Although the concept of inclusive economic growth is relatively nascent, it is now, more than ever, deemed very relevant to Africa. Contrary to the traditional concept of pro-poor growth, which more or less places those at the lower end of the income/wealth distribution spectrum at the margin of the processes of wealth creation, the concept of inclusive growth suggests a more active participation of the poor. An appealing subconcept proposes two pillars—labour absorbing growth and increasing productivity of those who are being employed. Although perhaps the full conceptualization and modelling framework is still to see light, some work has been done to attempt to understand how inclusive the recent surge of growth in Africa might have been. This paper explores the literature of inclusive growth in the African context, from a socio-economic stand point. It attempts to establish the characterizations of inclusive growth in Africa, its underlying arguments and prospects for future theoretical and empirical development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-57
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Social Sciences


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