Poverty, Political Economy and Violence in Africa

Course Description


Eight out of 10 of the world’s poorest countries are suffering or have recently suffered from large scale violent conflict, wars in developing countries have heavy human economic and social costs are the major cause of poverty and underdevelopment (Stewart F, 2001). Considering the economic factors that make some societies susceptible of conflict, one of the main factors is poverty, through this is mostly a feature in civil wars, this module covers poverty, political, social and economic inequalities, political violence on the social economic development.

Aim:  To Enable fellows analyze how political economy impacts violence in Africa

Objective: To enable the fellows understand the political economic factors and how they impact violence in Africa.

Scope: The module will cover causes of conflicts in Africa, political economic factors, political violence and its impact on economic development and the policies to tackle the risks.

References and Readings

-Humphreys Macarton, (2003).  Economics And Conflicts And Violent Conflicts, Harvard University. Http://Www.Preventionconflict,Org/Portal/Economics.

Sambani N (2004). Poverty and the Organization of Political Violence, Brooking Institution Press Page 65-211.

Sam Hickey (2013). Beyond the Poverty A Gend? Insights From the New Politics of Development in Uganda, World Development, Volume 43 Page 94-206.

– Frances Stewart (2002). Root Causes of violent Conflict in Developing Countries, Oxford, 342-345.

-Adola Raphael, Mbaya Paul And Aliyaa M (2013). Impact of Political Violence on Sociao- Economic Development of Yube State, Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IOSR-JHSS) Volume 13 Issue 3, Pp07-19.

– Karen Ballentine, Jake Sherman, (eds). (2003). The Political Economy of Armed Conflict: Beyond Greed and Grievance, Boulder: Lynne Rienner and IPA, pp. 259-283.

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