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Inequality in access to basic services is a major problem in sub-Saharan Africa - but progress is being made

By Muna Shifa, Senior Researcher in Development Economics, University of Cape Town
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Economic activity and development are unevenly distributed across regions of the world and within any country. In other words, where someone lives can determine their economic and social well-being.

Take gross domestic product (GDP) per capita – the total value of a country’s economic output per person. In 2020, North American and Europe’s GDP per capita was more than ten times that of sub-Saharan Africa.

More than a third (38%) of people in sub-Saharan Africa were

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