Renewing Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Policy, Performance, and Prospects

Renewing Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Policy, Performance, and Prospects

Renewing Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Policy, Performance, and Prospects

Renewing Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Policy, Performance, and Prospects


After two decades of economic reforms, countries in Sub-Saharan Africa face the challenge of renewing the development progress they were achieving before the economic collapse. This text reviews the situation after the failure of the reforms.


The objectives of this volume are: first, to provide for general and more specialised readers a clear introduction to the recent economic experience - primarily the last two decades - of the countries and peoples of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), providing an overview of the continent as a whole.

The volume aims, second, to set alongside this descriptive baseline the knowledge and experience of specialist researchers working in important sectoral, functional or institutional areas of development activity in Africa. These reviews lead to assessments of the prospects for renewed development on the back of identified improvements in the design of key policies and their execution in specific country contexts.

It aims as a result, third, to provide sufficiently strong indicators to policy makers regarding appropriate policies and directions for strategy that would be of benefit in delineating packages applicable in their own individual country and sub-regional contexts and that would inform their efforts at reversing past setbacks and securing renewed development in the coming decades.

It is anticipated that the comprehensive nature of the review provided here will make this a valuable text for courses in development studies, development economics and geography, as well as various African studies courses, at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

No single volume can hope, of course, to cover even partially all the important areas of policy. Such areas include climatic change, global and continental transport systems, governance and political processes - including decentralisation, gender patterns of participation, natural resource management and the integration of environmental issues into development policy.

The multidisciplinary focus and balance of the volume is swayed by the editors' view of the crucial areas calling for action research and pilot testing in specific country and sub-regional contexts. a further underlying intention was to counter single-discipline and single-issue based policy prescriptions, on the one hand, and external donor and activist perspectives about 'Africa', formed in the capital cities of the developed world, on the other.

The initial basis of this volume is a set of papers presented at a conference held at the School of Development Studies in the University of East Anglia, under the auspices of the Standing Committee on University Studies of Africa (SCUSA), in September 1999. in line with the objectives described above, specialists in the various fields from within the uk and Africa were invited to prepare papers to cover each sector or problem area, considering specifically past economic performance, operative constraints on development and desirable policies to be pursued in different sectors.

The volume is structured in five main sections: on conflict and power; agriculture and the rural sector; industry and the urban sector; international trade and transport constraints;

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