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Title:Growth, Unemployment and Poverty in Botswana
Author:Hope, Kempe R.ISNI
Year:1996
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Volume:14
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:53-67
Language:English
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:employment
economic development
poverty
income distribution
Economics and Trade
Labor and Employment
Abstract:For much of the postindependence period Botswana was one of the fastest growing economies in the world, in sharp contrast to the economic stagnation and deterioration of most of Africa and due, in large part, to the country's emergence as the world's second largest producer of diamonds. However, despite Botswana's rapid growth and considerable economic success, there is now concern that uneven development, as exhibited by rising unemployment, persistent poverty and widening income inequality, is becoming a serious problem which has the potential to affect the country's political economy and stability in the future. This paper discusses and analyses the growth of the Botswana economy, notably in the 1980s, and the paradox of unemployment, poverty, and income inequality in relation to that growth. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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