Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Some cleavages are more unequal than others.

What impediments to political stability and economic growth would your students identify from this description of inequality in Nigeria? How does Nigeria compare to the other countries they are studying?

Good sources for the comparisons would include the CIA World Factbook, the World Bank, and the United Nations Statistics Division.

Women Constitute 70 Percent of the Poor in Country

"The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Soludo has disclosed that while Nigeria's poverty incidence is 54 percent with some areas as high as 95 percent, women make about 70 percent of the poor in Nigeria...

"In a recent lecture titled, 'Creating an Inclusive Economy for the Nigerian woman' at the 2008 International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Week... the CBN boss further noted that women provide 70 per cent of Nigeria's agricultural labour force and are self-employed, with less than 5 per cent having bank accounts.

"'Women have little or no rights to land in Nigeria; women work longer in the poorest paying jobs and women have much less access to formal financial services than men', he added...

"This trend, he insisted, must be reversed to create an all-inclusive economy for, 'the Nigerian economy to be one of the Next 11 countries (N11s), after Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs) which have the potential for tremendous economic growth in the next two decades...'"

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