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Conflict, Livelihoods, and Poverty in Guinea-Bissau: An Overview

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  • Barry, Boubacar-Sid
  • Gacitua-Mario, Estanislao
  • Wodon, Quentin

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Conflict and political instability have considerably weakened Guinea-Bissau’s productive infrastructure during the past three decades. This situation has contributed to an increase in the degree of vulnerability of the population, especially in rural areas. As growth has been weak, poverty levels have remained high. This paper serves as an introduction and overview for a book that provides a collection of papers on conflict, livelihoods, and poverty in Guinea-Bissau based on both a nationally representative 2002 household survey and a small-scale survey with both quantitative and qualitative components implemented in 2004. After a brief review of political developments since independence, this overview summarizes the report’s main findings in the areas of conflict, growth and poverty, institutions and social networks, the characteristics of the poor and determinants of poverty, the population’s means of livelihood, and, finally, cashew production and taxation.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 11115.

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Keywords: Conflict; Livelihoods; Poverty; Gionea-Bissau;

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  1. Kohnert, Dirk, 2009. "Democratisation via elections in an African 'narco state'? The case of Guinea-Bissau," MPRA Paper 19109, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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