Fixing African Economies: Policy Research for Development

By Lucie Colvin Phillips; Diery Seck | Go to book overview

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When African countries embarked on the first round of structural adjustments in the 1980s and 1990s, there was little opportunity to first determine what programs would work where—instead, governments reluctantly implemented policies that were imposed by international financial institutions and based on theoretical models. The ensuing process was eventful—and the results checkered.

Now, however, it is possible to learn from a decade of research on the actual impacts of economic policy changes. The authors of this book report on programs across Africa, focusing on the research-policy connection in the context of measurable results. Their challenging goal is to contribute to the design and implementation of more productive, more equitable development strategies.

Lucie Colvin Phillips, a development economist, is president of International Business Initiatives. She has worked with governments and private entrepreneurs throughout Africa to assess policies and implement change in the areas of governance, health, education, and private-sector development. Diery Seck is director of the UN African Institute for Economic Development and Planning, located in Senegal. Previously he served as executive director of the Secretariat for Institutional Support for Economic Research in Africa, and for eight years he was coeditor of the Journal of African Finance and Economic Development.

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Table of contents

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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