The Human Factor in Developing Africa

The Human Factor in Developing Africa

The Human Factor in Developing Africa

The Human Factor in Developing Africa

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This book aims to provide sub-Saharan African countries with alternative explanations for, and solutions to, their problems of economic underdevelopment. It discusses why economic development policies and programs have failed in sub-Saharan African countries and provides relevant answers to their economic underdevelopment malaise.

The basic premise of this book is that the human factor (HF) is the main integrating core, the engine of growth, the handmaiden of progress, the foundational foothold and the king-pin of the economic development or underdevelopment of nations. As such, conventional economic development theories must integrate the human factor if they are to be applicable to subSaharan African countries. The contents of this book will challenge every orthodox economic development theorist and will move all development planners, policy makers and international economic development experts and consultants either to revise or abandon their currently held views about how to achieve economic development and cultural change in sub-Saharan African countries.

As a principles book that is solely concerned with the role of the human factor and its engineering for economic development and cultural change, this book is the first of its kind. It pioneers an alternative approach to economic development thinking, policy making and program development. The book is not aimed at the development of empirical proofs for orthodox economic development theories. It is about the realities of economic underdevelopment and how to achieve economic progress in sub-Saharan African countries.

I have written this book because the current tradition of pure empiricism in modern economic analysis has bred economists who see darkly through their contaminated empirical microscopes and/or telescopes and therefore fail to perceive that there is more to economic analysis than mere applications of fanciful high-powered quantitative techniques to verify the validity of orthodox economic theories. Data that have been severely beaten to confess under quantitative duress what economists desire to hear and have published most often lie after too many discomforting massages. Such confessions are often time very . . .

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