Fixing African Economies: Policy Research for Development

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Acknowledgements

For more than five years, from 1995 through 2000, several hundred researchers and policymakers throughout Africa grappled with economic and political situations that failed to fit the pat theoretical solutions imposed on the process of structural adjustment. Their research resulted in policy and regulatory changes that took account of local economic realities. Although only a few of the resulting studies have been included here to illustrate the dilemmas they face, every researcher's insights contributed to this book. Together we created a network of working relationships that persists as this book is published in 2004 and continues to inform policy throughout the continent. To that network of researchers and policymakers, and the USAID Africa/Sustainable Development Division that funded them, goes the major credit for the book.

One of our key researchers, Jeffrey Metzel, died in the prime of his life in a plane crash off the west coast of Africa in 2000. We remember him for his meticulous, thoughtful research, and we mourn him as a friend.

We, as editors, enjoyed the challenge of coauthoring the introductory and concluding chapters in versions with which we both could live. We leave to future textual analysts the task of deciphering who wrote what. When it came to polishing the prose, the editorial staff of International Business Initiative (IBI) deserves kudos. Chief editor John Engels worked with Hilary Russell and Brian Furness to make the presentations as concise and precise as possible, taking care not to lose the flavor of local language variations. IBI's Shannon McCafferty and Nadine Duplessy Kearns held the whole project together, ensuring coordination with authors, editors, and the publisher. Our publisher, Lynne Rienner, and her staff brought their smooth professional skills efficiently to the final product. Thanks to the entire global team.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • 1 - Fixing African Economies: the Research-Policy Nexus 1
  • Notes *
  • 2 - Ghana: Promoting Accountability and Transparency in Government Behavior 25
  • Notes *
  • 3 - Nigeria: Understanding Attitudes Toward Democracy and Markets 65
  • Notes *
  • 4 - Kenya: Policy Research and Policy Reform 95
  • Notes *
  • 5 - Tanzania: Policy Research and the Mining Boom 117
  • 6 - Madagascar: Using Policy Research in Formulating Tax Policy 129
  • Appendix - Other Recent Tax Policy Research in Madagascar *
  • Notes *
  • 7 - Ghana and Uganda: Considering Monetary and Exchange Rate Policies 155
  • Notes *
  • 8 - South Africa: Policy-Oriented Research on Labor Markets and Poverty 183
  • 9 - Conclusions 209
  • Acronyms 227
  • References 229
  • The Contributors 237
  • Index 243
  • About the Book 249
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