ISBN 9782869782570
Pages 76
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Published 2008
Publisher CODESRIA, Senegal
Format Paperback

Economic Liberalisation and Development in Africa

by Jomo Kwame Sundaram

In this endnote address delivered at the 11th General Assembly of CODESRIA, held in Maputo in 2005, Sundaram notes that over three decades of economic stagnation, contraction and increased poverty have taken a huge toll on Africa's economic, social and political fabric; and pro-active efforts are urgently required in order to build new capacities and capabilities for development. He argues that much of the ostensible conventional wisdom regarding African development and poverty is often both erroneous and harmful; and calls for greater 'policy space' for African governments to choose or design their own development strategies, as well as implement more appropriate development policies.

Dans son discours délivré à la clôture de la 11ème Assemblée Générale du CODESRIA, à Maputo en 2005, Sundaram remarque que plus de trois décennies de stagnation économique, de privation et d’une pauvreté agrandissante ont gravement affecté le tissu économique, social et politique de l’Afrique. Par conséquent, des efforts proactifs sont d’une urgente nécessité pour la création de capacités durables pour le développement. Il défend que l’opinion générale sur le développement de l’Afrique et la pauvreté est souvent erroné et dangereux ; et appelle à un ‘espace politique’ élargi afin que les gouvernements africains puissent choisir ou mettre sur pied leur propre stratégies de développement, mais aussi mettre en oeuvre des politiques de développement qui sont plus appropriées.

(This dual language edition is in both English and French).

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About the Author

Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Jomo Kwame Sundaram, an outspoken intellectual with unorthodox non-partisan views, is a prominent Malaysian economist currently serving as the United Nations as Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). He is a leading scholar and an expert on the political economy of development, especially in Southeast Asia.

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