Africa’s Economic Boom Still Leaves Many Behind
Many African economies have been growing at rates that rank among the highest in the world in the last decade, but the benefits haven’t trickled down to the continent’s poorest — one-third still live on less than $1.25 a day. The recent 16-country Afrobarometer survey reveals that poverty rose even in economic powerhouses like South Africa. Areas without infrastructure like piped water were notably poorer, and deprived residents struggled to take advantage of development happening elsewhere. The study is a wake-up call that it’s not enough to hope that countrywide economic growth will reach the most vulnerable.