African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 389


Urban poverty in Nigeria and approaches to poverty alleviation: A review

Ignatius Okosun1*, Chamhuri Siwar1, Abdul Samad Hadi1 and Abd. Rahim Md. Nor2
1Institute for Environment and Development (Lestari) University Kebangsaan Malaysia. 2School of Social Development and Environmental Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
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  •  Accepted: 04 January 2012
  •  Published: 31 January 2012


The menace of urban poverty though global is most devastating in Africa especially Nigeria. Human conditions have greatly deteriorated particularly during the last decade with real disposable income declining steeply, malnutrition rates have risen sharply, and food production has hardly kept pace with population growth and the quantity and quality of health and education services deteriorating. This present trend of socioeconomic conditions needs to be redressed as this 21st century begins. This paper will review urban poverty and approaches to poverty alleviation due to its multidimensional nature.


Key words: Nigeria, approaches to poverty alleviation, urban poverty.