Development Strategies In Africa / Edition 1

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Distinguished experts on African development offer their considerable knowledge and background to the coming crisis in Africa. They examine not only development but also related factors such as foreign trade, politics, indigenous traditions, and international relations in order to understand development problems on the continent. It is one of the first volumes since the end of the Cold War to analyze African development, or the lack thereof, that had polarized the developing countries for the past 30 years. Yansané and his contributors present the strengths and weaknesses of various development strategies including ideas for the future, such as the inclusion of the human dimension that was overlooked in past strategies for growth. This inclusion would increase participation and the accountability of the political system and parties.

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Provides a general overview of the strategies of development as they are practiced in African countries, and the different paths of development that have been followed. Covers global perspectives, growth development and the social dimensions of structural adjustment, political and economic reforms for more participation and pluralism in the sub-Sahara, problems and projections in political and economic development, and the impact of international relations. The 10 essays are selected from a 1990 colloquium series in San Francisco; a sister volume, Prospects of Recovery and Sustainable Development in Africa contains case, sectoral, and alternative studies from the same series. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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AGUIBOU Y. YANSANE is Professor of Political Economy in the Departments of International Relations and African and African-American Studies at San Francisco State University.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
1 The Development of Development Thinking in Africa: The Theory Revisited 3
2 Evaluation of Development Strategies: Prospects for Growth in Africa in the 1990s 65
3 Traditional Institutions and Economic Development: The Mossi Naam 74
4 Afrostroika and Planned Governance: Economic Adjustment and Political Engineering 89
5 The Challenge of a Holistic Vision: Culture, Empowerment and the Development Paradigm 104
6 Fund-Supported Adjustment Programs and the Poor 143
7 The Social Dimensions of Adjustment in Africa: A Policy Agenda 152
8 Participation, Pluralism and Pervasive Poverty: Better Governance and Human Development in Sub-Saharan Africa 181
9 Africa in an Emerging World 225
10 African Political Development: Beyond the Cold War 235
Selected Bibliography 261
Index 279
About the Contributors and Editor 289
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