Can Degrowth rescue Sub-Saharan Africa? | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1474-2748
  • E-ISSN: 2040-0551



Our planet has for long now shown signs that it has reached the exploitation stage where it cannot regenerate itself at the same rate at which it is being consumed. Sub-Saharan Africa now finds itself between two paradigms: the unachievable ‘sustainable economic growth’ and the Degrowth framework. Crisis always presents the best opportunities and this can be the time for the Global North to help Africa rectify poverty rates and inequalities that imperative growth could not. While growth becomes incompatible with environment protection, Degrowth seems to provide this forced compatibility. Understanding the truth behind ’growth’ semantics and income stratification can help address global problems without the need for economic growth.


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