The Economics of Poverty


The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the world’s poorest country, with a large majority of its 70 million citizens living in absolute poverty. For a long time, poverty in Africa has been seen as a purely humanitarian issue. But could the answer just be good economic management? Unfortunately, this is a situation with a very clear solution that is impossibly hard to attain.

Poverty is a tough issue to deal with, but in this video, we’ll attempt to explore some of the fundamental causes of this poverty and see how they impact the Congo’s fragile economy.

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References –

Nest, M.W., Grignon, F. and Kisangani, E.F., 2006. The Democratic Republic of Congo: Economic dimensions of war and peace (Vol. 53). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.

Clément, M.J.A., 2005. Postconflict Economics in Sub-Saharan Africa, Lessons from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. International Monetary Fund.

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