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While a fall in global poverty has been met starkly with a huge rise in inequality in recent years, the world’s poorest remain stuck in several traps; conflict, resources, landlocked by unruly neighbours and bad governance.

Paul Collier’s book – the Bottom Billion – looks to change the we understand these traps, with a focus on how and why poverty persists in a world of such excess.

Mr Collier is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the study of African Economies at Oxford University. He was formerly director of Development Research at the World Bank and advisor to the British government’s Commission on Africa.

Providing cool analysis for the post-Bono generation, Mr Collier avoids stereotyping an entire continent, and offers workable solutions for a uncertain world. To skip the book, see below: