UNU-WIDER’s Growth and Poverty Project (GAPP) brought together a highly qualified team of more than forty researchers from Africa and beyond. Without their dedication and professional competence, this book and its less technical sibling would not have been possible. We wish to express our sincere appreciation of all of the high-level academic input, together with the copious goodwill and patience—which were much needed when doing the original groundwork followed by numerous revisions and updates of the individual chapters.
A series of intensive planning meetings, involving many of the authors, helped shape the project, with the results presented at several UNU-WIDER development conferences and on many other occasions across African countries. We are grateful to all of those who offered critique and most helpful comments. They include Oxford University Press’s economics commissioning editor, Adam Swallow, and his team as well as three anonymous referees. Their efforts were essential in helping to sharpen our research questions and approaches to analysing one of the most intricate challenges facing the development profession, the growth renaissance in developing countries and its impact on poverty reduction.
UNU-WIDER and its dedicated staff provided steady support, including research assistance, which goes far beyond the normal call of duty. Particular thanks go to Dominik Etienne for excellent programming; Anne Ruohonen for consistent project assistance; Lorraine Telfer-Taivainen for all of the careful editorial and publication support on finalizing the book manuscript, including the many contacts with Oxford University Press; and the group of copy editors for helping to put out the numerous UNU-WIDER working papers produced during the course of the project.
Channing Arndt and Finn Tarp