Development Strategies in Africa: Current Economic, Socio-Political, and Institutional Trends and Issues

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Part IV

TOWARDS POLITICAL AND
ECONOMIC REFORMS FOR MORE
PARTICIPATION AND PLURALISM
IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Reginald H. Green's "Participation, Pluralism, and Pervasive Poverty: Better Governance and Human Development in Sub-Saharan Africa" posits that growing immiserization is breaking the cycles of production, reproduction, and surplus generation. To restore and expand output requires the fuller participation in production of the poor, not their exclusion from it. For Reginald H. Green, the basic test of all economic recovery and development programs is whether they will improve the human condition by making poor people less poor and vulnerable people less vulnerable. The author's recommendations spell out eight points for a comprehensive political and socioeconomic strategy centered on recognizing that people matter as subjects and ends. He draws our attention to "The Khartoum Declaration of March 1988," which embodies priorities and perceptions which were not equally prominent even three years earlier. The concept of accountability in development merits our meditation. Green's contention that pluralism is not a moral requirement, but rather an economic necessity for development is challenging.

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