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Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

There are forty-seven countries in Sub-Saharan Africa that are eligible for World Bank borrowing. Despite a difficult economic environment, growth in Africa has averaged about 3 percent in the last fiscal year, and well-managed countries which have implemented solid reform agendas and built a record of stability and good governance had an average growth of 4 percent.  See each country site for in-depth data and anlaysis.

Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

The principal objective of the Debt Initiative for the heavily indebted poor countries (HIPCs) is to bring the country's debt burden to sustainable levels, subject to satisfactory policy performance, so as to ensure that adjustment and reform efforts are not put at risk by continued high debt and debt service burdens.

Living Standard Measurement Study

Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) household surveys have become an important tool in measuring and understanding poverty in developing countries. The Development Economics Research Group (DECRG) of the World Bank, formerly the Policy Research Department, maintains this website to make available to researchers around the world the data sets and methodological lessons from these surveys.

Poverty Net

PovertyNet is a World Bank Web site developed to provide resources for people and organizations working to understand and alleviate poverty.
This site hosts the Poverty Monitoring Database, which contains:
- Information on income/consumption surveys conducted recently (with key features of each survey and data availability)
- Information on Participatory Poverty Assessments conducted by the World bank since 1993
- Social Indicators tables (32 basic indicators on popultation, poverty, income, income/consumption distribution and social aspects)
- News on upcoming surveys, studies and poverty assessments
- Links to other relevant sites


Poverty Assessments for Sub-Saharan Africa

This page links to summaries of World Bank poverty analyses, including poverty assessments, poverty notes, poverty updates, country economic memorandums and development reports. The full text documents are also provided when available.  Poverty assessments have been key instruments of the World Bank's poverty reduction strategy since 1992 .


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