In This Review

Poor Countries of Africa: Structural Problems and Development Crisis
Poor Countries of Africa: Structural Problems and Development Crisis
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Occasional Papers of the German Development Institute, No. 71, 1982, 196 pp.

In addition to solid case studies of development problems in Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi, Somalia, the Sudan, Benin and Upper Volta, this collection provides an authoritative European perspective on the World Bank's 1981 study reflecting liberal economic theory and entitled Accelerated Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The authors see major difficulties with the Bank's prescription for a push toward exports-both regarding supply (the problem of ecological and structural constraints) and demand (the limited market for African agricultural products).