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4 Development, Equity, Gender, Health, Poverty and Militarization: Is there a Link in the Countries of West Africa?

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This chapter briefly explores issues around development, equity, gender, health, poverty and militarization in the West African sub-region and asks whether there are links between these concepts in the sub-region that merit further exploration. It is a response to the paper by Amina Mama in this series, entitled Beyond survival: Militarism, equity and women's security. The paper starts with a summary of the understanding with which the terms equity and development are used. It then proceeds to use some available development indicator data for the sub-region to explore the issues. The treatment of the data is essentially qualitative, exploratory and inductive. The aim is to raise ideas for further exploration to develop a theory rather than to make any deductive inferences or provide statistically generalizable results. The paper concludes by suggesting themes for further exploration, research and interventions related to development and equity in the West African sub-region.

Keywords: Amina Mama; militarism; poverty; West African sub-region



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