The dispossession of African wealth at the cost of Africa's health

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

14 Citations (Scopus)


This article synthesizes new data about the outflow of Africa's wealth, to reveal structural factors behind the continent's ongoing underdevelopment. The flow of wealth out of sub-Saharan Africa to the North occurs primarily through exploitative debt and finance, phantom aid, capital flight, unfair trade, and distorted investment. Although the resource drain from Africa dates back many centuries - beginning with unfair terms of trade, amplified through slavery, colonialism, and neocolonialism - today, neoliberal (free market) policies are the most direct causes of inequality and poverty. They tend to amplify preexisting class, race, gender, and regional disparities and to exacerbate ecological degradation. Reversing this outflow is just one challenge in the struggle for policy measures to establish a stronger funding base for the health sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-192
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


Dive into the research topics of 'The dispossession of African wealth at the cost of Africa's health'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this