n Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems - Indigenous knowledge and poverty eradication : foreword

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1683-0296



Poverty alleviation and eradication in Africa is a three-dimension challenge. The first dimension, which can be coined as the material-economic dimension, entails the production of goods to face hunger and malnutrition and it also involves the access to basic needs, like clean water and sanitation. According to the World Development Report of 1999, half of the sub-Saharan population consume products that cost less than one American Dollar a day. The international dollar-per-day poverty standard was developed by the World Bank for its 1990 World Development Report in order to provide a single global measurement to set a level that would be relevant in underdeveloped, developing and developed countries despite immense differences in the meaning of poverty around the world. However the problem with the measure lies in the fact that the cultural context, for example a product or service considered a staple in one culture may be a luxury in others. Nevertheless, most researchers agree that purchasing power parity is, to date, the best way to examine poverty at the global level.

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