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Submitted by Wolfgang on

It is correct that growth does not lead automatically to poverty reduction. However, without growth it is difficult to reduce poverty. There is enough evidence that, on average, "growth is good for the poor" (see the review by Dollar/Kleineberg/Kraay 12 years after their initial paper: http://www.voxeu.org/article/growth-still-good-poor.
The evidence in Africa so far has also been that recent growth went hand in hand with poverty reduction. However, it would have been even faster if labor –intensive manufacturing had taken off and if social protection systems had targeted the poorest even more.