Africa's Development Challenge And The World Bank

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Africa's Development Challenge And The World Bank

Edited by Stephen Commins
Lynne Rienner, 1988
243 pp. $30.00

This first-rate collection does not, as the title implies, focus on the World Bank, but rather on the new generation of issues spawned by the adoption within Africa of structural adjustment policies pushed by the bank and the IMF as well as bilateral Western donors. The authors move beyond the policy debates of the last decade to offer modest and sage prescriptions for accommodating reform with African realities. Most impressive are Nguyuru Lipumba on policy reform in Tanzania, Robert Bates on the politics of agricultural policy reform, Raymond Hopkins on food aid, and Charles Elliott on structural reform and African political culture.

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