Sustainable Development and Inequality of Opportunity in Africa

  • Olumayokun Soremekun
  • Oyebanke Oyeyinka
  • Dominique Haughton


Traditionally, the debate surrounding development has focused mainly on the prevalence and effects of poverty and minimal economic growth (Chen and Ravallion, 2008). Some studies have also attempted to give explanations for this present situation of poverty and low economic growth. In all, a plethora of studies exist covering such issues as aid versus investment (Moyo, 2009); globalization (Kaplinsky, 2005); migration and the effects of the brain drain (Rivera-Batiz, 2008); corruption and the need for good governance (Rivera-Batiz, 2002); the resource curse (Sala-i-Martin and Subramanian, 2003); the ubiquitous effects of colonialism (Maathai, 2009); and geography (Gallup, Sachs and Mellinger, 1999). This chapter, however, invites us to examine how inequality of circumstances leads to unequal outcomes, ceteris paribus.


Coverage Rate Gini Coefficient Wealth Index Dissimilarity Index Resource Curse 
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  • Olumayokun Soremekun
  • Oyebanke Oyeyinka
  • Dominique Haughton

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