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

A Socio-ethical Enquiry


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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ACGS Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme ADP Agricultural Development Programmes AEP Agricultural Employment Programme ATO Alternative trading organization BLP Better Life Programme BOFI Banks and Other Financial Institutions BWI Bretton Woods Institutions CB Community Banks CBCN Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria CBD Central Business District CBN Central Bank of Nigeria CBO Community Base Organization CET Common External Tariff CLS Core Labour Standards CST Catholic Social Teaching DFRRI Directorate of Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure DWA Decent Work Agenda DWCP Decent Work Country Programme ECA Excess Crude Account ECOSOC Economic and Social Council ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States EFCC Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EPZ Export Processing Zones FCPE Free and Compulsory primary Education FDI Foreign Direct Investment FEAP Family Economic Advancement Programme FSP Family Support Programme FTF Fair Trade Federation G10 Group of 10 XVIII G7 Group of 7 GDP Global Gross Domestic Product GNI Gross National Income GNP Gross National Product GSM System for Mobil Communications HIPC Heavily Indebted Poor Countries HIV/AIDS Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome HPI Human Poverty Index ICFTU Confederation of Free Trade Unions ICLS Conference of Labour Statisticians ICP International Comparison Programme ICPC Independent Corrupt Practice and other Related Offences Commission ICT Communication Technology IGA Income-Generating Activities ILC International Labour Conference ILO International Labour Organization IMF International Monetary Fund IPEC International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour JDPC Peace and Development Commission LEEDS Local Government Economic Empowerment and Development MDG Millennium Development Goal ME Micro-enterprise MFI Microfinance Institution MNE Multi-national Enterprise MSE Micro...

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