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Survey shows growth still not helping poor Africans

A woman reading from a board as she takes part in an ophthalmological study and examination in a village near Kenya’s lakeside town of Naivasha on Aug. 28.

Photo: AFP

Poor Africans say they are still not benefiting from the continent’s economic rise, according to a landmark survey of citizens across 34 countries released on Oct. 1.

Despite some of the world’s highest economic growth rates, many Africans still report shortages of water, food, healthcare and cash according to an Afrobarometer survey of over 50,000 people.

“Meeting their basic daily needs remains a major challenge for a majority of Africans, even at a time when their countries are reporting impressive economic gains,” the survey found.

The continent’s economy is expected to grow by almost five percent this year.

Half of survey respondents, however, said they occasionally lacked food, clean water, and medicine. One in five said they face frequent shortages.

People were poorer in areas where government spending on basic infrastructure lagged, the survey found.

“The data show significant correlations between access to electrical grids, piped water, and other basic services in communities and lower levels of lived poverty.”

Low education levels also had a big influence on poverty.












1. landmark n.

地標;重大事件;里程碑 (di4 biao1; zhong4 da4 shi4 jian4; li3 cheng2 bei1)

例: The building is a well-known landmark in the city.


2. occasionally adv.

偶爾 (ou2 er3)

例: I visit them occasionally.


3. infrastructure n.

基礎建設 (ji1 chu3 jian4 she4)

例: Strengthening infrastructure is very important.


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