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MdM SEMINAR SERIES - "Economic growth, rural assets and prosperity: exploring the implications of a 20-year record of asset growth in Tanzania" by Prof. Dan Brockington

Date: 2019-06-25

MdM SEMINAR SERIES

 

Title: "Economic growth, rural assets and prosperity: exploring the implications of a 20-year record of asset growth in Tanzania"


Speaker: Prof. Dan Brockington, Director of the Sheffield Institute of International Development at the University of Sheffield


Date: Tuesday June 25th 2019
Time: 11.30h
Venue: Sala Montseny Z/033

 

Abstract
Recent economic growth in many African countries is widely welcomed, but it is not clear how inclusive that growth is, particularly of rural populations. In a general context of poor data, household consumption data appear to suggest that poverty rates have not declined much with growth, suggesting that growth is not inclusive. But this finding may depend on the measure of poverty used. We argue that existing measures of poverty in debates about the inclusivity of economic growth use indices of consumption, not assets, and are therefore incomplete. We present new data based on recent re-surveys of Tanzanian households first visited in the early 1990s. These demonstrate a marked increase in prosperity from high levels of poverty. We consider the implications of this research for further explorations of the relationship of economic growth and agricultural policy in rural areas, and for attempts to cope with Africa’s ‘statistical tragedy’. Finally, we consider the implications of these sorts of data flaws and insights for the political ecology of change in rural Africa.


Bio
Dan Brockington is Director of the Sheffield Institute of International Development at the University of Sheffield. Trained as an anthropologist in London, he has worked previously in the Universities of London, Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester. His research has covered the social impacts of conservation policy, the relationships between capitalism and conservation, the work of media and celebrity in development and long-term livelihood change in East Africa. He has conducted most of his research in Tanzania but has also worked in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India as well as conducting global overviews of the social impacts of protected areas, media and conservation and large N studies of the work of conservation NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa and development NGOs based in the UK. Dan is happiest conducting long-term field research in remote areas but also learns much from studying plush fundraising events. His books include Fortress Conservation, Nature Unbound (with Rosaleen Duffy and Jim Igoe) Celebrity Advocacy and International Development, Celebrity and the Environment, and he has recently published  (with Peter Billie Larson) The Anthropology of Conservation NGOs.
 

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