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November 19, 2009

I wrote about my senior thesis in one of my last posts before the long hiatus… and I’m just now getting around to writing it. Since writing a thesis is pretty much like giving birth, consider this the first of many baby pictures.

For your general reading enjoyment – an excerpt from the introduction:

Despite the resources and potential resources flooding the continent, Africa remains desperately impoverished. Over half of sub-Saharan Africans live on less than $1.25 per day, in spite of the United Nations’ push toward poverty reduction with the Millennium Development Goals (World Bank). In fact, even accounting for positive growth rates in a few countries such as Botswana, average income per person fell from 62 cents per day in 1990 to 60 cents per day in 2001 (UN News Centre). The continent as a whole remains the poorest in the world, accounting for much of the 1.4 billion people living in absolute poverty. This level of poverty, coupled with the slow and even negative growth rates seen in many sub-Saharan African countries, affects every aspect of life for those populations – areas ranging from health and access to clean water to education and employment.


My current title: Economic Growth, Natural Resources, and Civil Conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. Yep, that pretty much sums up what I’m going to be expelling from my mind in the next seven days. YAY.

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