Africa's Turn?

Africa's Turn?

by Edward Miguel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262012898

ISBN-13: 9780262012898

Pub. Date: 03/13/2009

Publisher: MIT Press

By the end of the twentieth century, sub-Saharan Africa had experienced twenty-five years of economic and political disaster. While "economic miracles" in China and India raised hundreds of millions from extreme poverty,
Africa seemed to have been overtaken by violent conflict and mass destitution, and ranked lowest in the world in just about every economic and

Overview

By the end of the twentieth century, sub-Saharan Africa had experienced twenty-five years of economic and political disaster. While "economic miracles" in China and India raised hundreds of millions from extreme poverty,
Africa seemed to have been overtaken by violent conflict and mass destitution, and ranked lowest in the world in just about every economic and social indicator.
Working in Busia, a small Kenyan border town, economist Edward Miguel began to notice something different starting in 1997: modest but steady economic progress,
with new construction projects, flower markets, shops, and ubiquitous cell phones.
In Africa's Turn? Miguel tracks a decade of comparably hopeful economic trends throughout sub-Saharan Africa and suggests that we may be seeing a turnaround. He bases his hopes on a range of recent changes: democracy is finally taking root in many countries; China's successes have fueled large-scale investment in Africa; and rising commodity prices have helped as well. Miguel warns, though, that the growth is fragile. Violence and climate change could derail it quickly, and he argues for specific international assistance when drought and civil strife loom. Responding to
Miguel, nine experts gauge his optimism. Some question the progress of democracy in
Africa or are more skeptical about China's constructive impact, while others think that Miguel has underestimated the threats represented by climate change and population growth. But most agree that something new is happening, and that policy innovations in health, education, agriculture, and government accountability are the key to Africa's future.Contributors Olu Ajakaiye, Ken Banks, Robert Bates, Paul
Collier, Rachel Glennerster, Rosamond Naylor, Smita Singh, David N. Weil, and Jeremy
M. Weinstein

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262012898
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/13/2009
Series:
Boston Review Books
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,221,987
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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