Africa's Choices: After Thirty Years of the World Bank

Africa's Choices: After Thirty Years of the World Bank

Africa's Choices: After Thirty Years of the World Bank

Africa's Choices: After Thirty Years of the World Bank

Synopsis

For 30 years, the World Bank has proposed policies that have produced few economic benefits but have eroded the traditional strengths of African society. Examined here is that what Africans themselves are saying and doing indicates the basis for a continent's self-transformation and an agenda for the kind of support it desires.

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What has become embarrassingly clear, after three decades and more after the attainment of independence by the majority of African countries, is that the generality of our people have been excluded from any significant contribution to the determination of national directions.

Professor Adebayo Adedeji, formerly Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Where is the Voice of Africa?

The much-quoted aphorism of the Roman general, Scipio Africanus, that 'There is always something new out of Africa' has in the past few decades been turned on its head. There has always been something new being offered to Africa. Indeed, there has been an absolute tidal wave of books appearing about Africa's 'crisis', ranging from the flood of voluminous official reports by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, with almost equally lengthy counter-reports from academic institutions, to a mass of smaller books and pamphlets on particular countries and aspects of what is perceived as the crisis. the Notes at the end of this book are proof, if proof is needed, of this rising tide. the intelligent general reader is by now in need of a guide through such troubled waters. Fortunately, among the successive waves, there is an increasing number of studies from Africans trying to make their voices heard.

This book reflects my strong conviction that it is time that those outside who are concerned about Africa should stop offering answers to our perceptions of Africa's problems and just listen to Africans for a change. the book is, therefore, the result of listening to, and of reading, what Africans have to say. the first part of the book briefly reviews what has successively been proposed from outside, and takes into . . .

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