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Alleviating Poverty in Nigeria through the Improvement of the Labour Conditions in the Informal Economy

A Socio-ethical Enquiry

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Samuel Rapu

«Just wage and just working conditions have always occupied a central position in Catholic social ethics. The social teaching of the Catholic Church has however preoccupied itself for a long time with the employment relationships in the formal economy. Consequently, the self-employment and the other individual economic activities in the informal economy, highly important in developing countries, have until now not been ethically reflected upon. In this excellent study, the author takes the Nigerian situation as a point of departure from which he offers new opportunities for developing a poverty alleviation strategy that aims, above all, at creating Decent Work opportunities in the informal economy. This is indeed an excellent contribution not only to the further development of the Catholic social ethics for the African context but also to the current efforts in the continent at reducing poverty in a sustainable way.»
Professor Dr. Bernhard Emunds, Frankfurt am Main

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Peter Lang european University Studies Samuel rapu alleviating Poverty in nigeria through the Improvement of the Labour Conditions in the Informal economy a Socio-ethical enquiry R ap u · A lle vi at in g P ov er ty th ro ug h th e Im pr ov em en t o f t he L ab ou r C on di tio ns in th e In fo rm al E co no m y X X III /9 32 Samuel rapu, born in 1968, hails from asaba and is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Isselu-Uku. He studied Philosophy and theology at SS. Peter and Paul Major Seminary Bodija, Ibadan (nigeria) and obtained a Doctorate degree in Sacred theology from the Sankt georgen graduate School of Philosophy and theology, Frankfurt am Main. Just age and just working conditions have always occupied a central position in Catholic social ethics. The social teaching of the Catholic Church has how- ever preoccupied itself for a long time with the employment relationships in the formal economy. Consequently, the self-employment and the other individual economic activities in the informal economy, highly important in developing countries, have until now not been ethically reflected upon. In this excellent study, the author takes the Nigerian situation as a point of departure from which he offers new opportunities for developing a poverty alleviation strategy that aims, above all, at creating Decent Work opportunities in the informal economy. This is indeed an excellent contribution not only to further...

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