Hussaini Shehu


All human societies desire growth and development especially the rural-based which are characterized by economic backwardness, the absence of basic social amenities, abject poverty and high level of illiteracy. This gap can be reduced when the people living in rural areas are incorporated in the national development plan. It is pertinent to note that any policy meant to upgrade and develop rural communities must involve agricultural and cottage industries sector as poverty Reduction measures. The gap that exists between the haves and the have-nots in the developing countries is continuously widening as a result of the absence of sound social development policies that will ensure redistribution of resources to touch members of every society. This paper discusses the comparative rural development, inclusive growth and poverty alleviation strategies of Nigeria and India. The improvement of the living standard of the rural dwellers would help to alleviate poverty without jeopardizing their rights as citizens. The paper also discussed the rural development and poverty alleviation policies of the two countries. The revelation is that India is doing well in the implementation of these policies than Nigeria. Therefore, Nigeria should learn from India regarding proper implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of such policies for the betterment of the country for other African countries to follow.


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