The Economics of African Development

The Economics of African Development

The Economics of African Development

The Economics of African Development

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The problem of the economic development of Africa is of great importance in today's world; it is without doubt one of the tests by which our generation shall be judged.

Many books have been written in the past few years on various aspects of African economic development; there are numerous studies illuminating one aspect or another of the economic growth of particular African countries or regions or of particular sectors of the economy, either for a part or the whole of Africa. However, very few syntheses have been written on the economic development of Africa as a whole, covering all sectors; this is because it is difficult to know all fifty countries, independent or dependent, of Africa; very often comparable information is lacking from one country to another and it is therefore very difficult to make meaningful generalizations.

The great merit of Andrew Kamarck, who knows Africa very well-- from north to south and from east to west--is that be did not shrink from this considerable task. I think be made a great success of it, and I am honored that he asked me to write the preface to his book. After all, to do so is for me the mark of a permanent friendship that has existed for well over ten years (beginning even before the three years when we worked together in the African Depart ment of the World Bank . . .

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