Prospects For Recovery And Sustainable Development In Africa

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Nine world-class experts on the African economy share their knowledge regarding the potential for real improvement and growth in food production and the development of grassroots economies that will benefit citizens as well as governments. Economic models that assume good incentives, infrastructure, entrepreneurial skills, and a level trading field cannot be invoked. Structural adjustment in African countries has led to unintended consequences because the common people and the small farmers have not been consulted. Domestic food production, the crux of Africa's economic problem, has been downgraded because of the emphasis on export crops. To develop self-sufficiency and food security, African nations must mobilize domestic resources, improve the human resource capacity, and strengthen their scientific and technological bases. They must also cooperate in integration schemes rather than compete for the available Western aid.

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Ten selected papers originally presented at the San Francisco State University Multidisciplinary Colloquium Series on the Evaluation of Development Strategies: Prospects of Growth in Africa in the 1990s, 1990. The discussions respond to the question of whether alternative development strategies are suitable remedies to the varied economic and political crisis confronting Africa. Scholars and economists review research and studies, and present regional implementation of development plans in Nigeria, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast, advocating serious reformulation of models and economic strategies. 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
Pt. I Introduction 1
1 Are Alternative Development Strategies Suitable for Africa to Remedy Its Deepening Crisis? 3
Pt. II International Institutions' Experts' Views 35
2 Prospects for Africa's Economic Recovery and Development 37
3 National Capacity Building and Long-Term Development: The Role of Technical Cooperation in Africa 51
Pt. III Responses to, and Impact of, the Crisis of Development in Africa: Regional and Sectoral Perspectives 67
4 Extent of the Financial Development Crisis, an Evaluation of Structural Adjustment in Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, and Guinea and What Each Can Learn from the Others 73
5 Nigeria: Priorities and Prospects for the 1990s 126
6 The Effects of Adjustment Measures on Nigerian Labor 162
7 Global Formulae, Local Responses: Rural Economic Differentiation in Ghana 184
8 Macro-Modeling Aspects of Adjustment Policy Planning 200
Pt. IV Reformulation of Models 241
9 Evaluation of, and African Alternative Framework to Structural Adjustment Programs for Socioeconomic Recovery and Transformation (AAF-SAP) 243
10 Toward an Alternative Development Strategy 263
11 The World Bank Versus the Economic Commission for Africa: Is This Really a Conflict as to Development Strategy? 278
Pt. V A Writer's View of Development in Africa 297
12 Is 'Development' a Purely Empirical Concept or also Teleological?: A Perspective from 'We the Underdeveloped' 299
Pt. VI Conclusion 317
Selected Bibliography 323
Index 341
About the Contributors and Editor 359
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