Alleviating Poverty in Nigeria through the Improvement of the Labour Conditions in the Informal Economy
A Socio-ethical Enquiry
Professor Dr. Bernhard Emunds, Frankfurt am Main
GENERAL CONCLUSION AND CHALLENGES FOR THE NIGERIAN CHURCH
Résumé As stated in the general introduction, this work aims at broadening the framework for poverty alleviation in Nigeria by probing into some of the dimensions that have received insufficient attention so as to make some recommendations for a coherent strategy for sustainable poverty alleviation in the nation. In view of this, an attempt was made to understand the concept of poverty and how it exists in the contemporary world – its conceptualization, types, scope, measurement and causes. Poverty was defined broadly as deprivation and lack of basic capacity to participate effectively in society. It means not having enough to feed and cloth a family, not having the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills; not having the land on which to grow one’s food or a job to earn one’s living, not having access to credit. It means insecurity, powerlessness and exclusion of individuals, households and communities from economic and social life. It means not being protected. It means lack of voice and denial of rights. It means susceptibility to harassment, and it often implies living on marginal or fragile environments, without access to clean water or sanitation. It is a violation of human dignity. Special attention was given to the concept of working poverty, since the reality for most poor people is that they must work often in bad conditions and at works that are not productive enough to enable them lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The working poor are therefore working people living in poverty;...
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