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Direct Research Journals
Vol.2 (9), pp.135-140, October 2014
ISSN: 2354-4147

Pathways out of poverty in South Sudan, the case of Renk County
Article Number: DRJA17087220

Original Research Article

Adam E. Ahmed1*, Somaia Roghim2 and Ali Saleh3

1National Nutrition Policy Chair, College of Applied Medical Sciences,King Saud University, Saudi Arabia and Department of Agricultural Economics, Khartoum University, Sudan.
2Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Bahri, Khartoum, Sudan.
3Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, Khartoum University, Sudan.

date Received: July 8, 2015     date Accepted: August 20, 2015     date Published: October 30, 2014


In the present paper the results of poverty prevalence and income inequality; poverty profile; and poverty determinants have been examined to pick out critical factors that highly influence poverty in the South Sudan – the case of Renk County. Then after, the critical factors were picked up and simulated into a number of scenarios that are useful for designing appropriate pro-poor policies that may help in alleviating poverty status in the south Sudan. The stated scenarios are the government shoulder: (1) 50 percent of the health expenses; (2) 50 percent of the health and education expense; (3) 50 percent for health, education, water and electricity supply expenses; (4) 100 percent of the health costs; (5) 100 percent of the health and education expenses; and (6) 100 percent of the health, education, water and electricity supply expenses. The results of the simulation show gradual reduction in poverty incidence (P0), gap (P1) and severity (P2) for urban and rural households. Simulation results showed that it is imperative to involve the government more closely in providing the social amenities especially supply of drinking water, health, education and electricity services to relieve pressure off the poor in both urban and rural societies in South Sudan.

Key words: South Sudan, poverty, pro-poor policies, pathways