Have you ever thought of living in poverty? I mean having completely nothing. no food, no money, no education, and not having anything to eat? Well some kids in Africa

Africa has the richest natural resources and yet we are poor in development.

Poverty is defined by the dictionary as “The state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support”

In this writing, I will give the details of the causes of poverty in Africa. There are many reasons why this would occur, the most prevalent of these being corruption and lack of resources.

Corruption occurs in Africa when the governments do not use money responsibly and instead use it for themselves. Corruption destroys trust between the government and its people in ensuring that money is used responsibly. Africa is the world’s poorest continent.

Poverty in Africa is caused by a number of factors. The leading causes of poor governance, limited employment opportunities, poor infrastructure, poor resource usage, wars and unending conflicts, poor World Bank and many more.

Poverty can only be fought in the presence of strong institutions, and equal distribution of resources. However, in Africa, programs designed to fight poverty are not fully implemented because the funds end up in the hands of corrupt individuals, who pocket the majority.

And because of poor governance, those in authority have failed to apprehend the corrupt. Africa is popular for its civil wars, either between neighboring countries or within the same country.

Such incidences render war zones unproductive, in addition to scaring away investment that would otherwise help foster economic development and create employment, which would help people get out poverty.

When I interviewed one of the leaders in my community last week he had told me, one of the reasons why poverty will never end in Africa. He told me that the reason why we won’t grow as a nation and work together to fight poverty in our countries we will never get anywhere because it’s like we don’t like to see each other succeed. He told me also that we are a nation we need to fight in one battle in order to finish the other ones.

Another leading cause of poverty in Africa is the prevalence of diseases (such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, TB etc). When a household is affected by any of the diseases, the little resources are spent on treating the sick. In a worst-case scenario, those who are left behind have no resources to support themselves, this situation is worsened by poor health.


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