Sub-Saharan Africa is at a turning point. The barriers to economic growth seen in the 1980-2000 era are disappearing and new optimism is spreading. However, difficult goals of eliminating poverty, achieving equity and overcoming environmental threats continue. This much-needed and insightful textbook has been written to help us understand this combination of emerging improvements and significant challenges.
Opening with an analysis of the main theories relating to development in Sub-Saharan Africa, the book explores all the key issues, including:
- Human development;
- Rapid urbanization;
- Structural and gender dimensions;
- Sustainable development and environmental issues; and
- Africa’s role in the world economy.
The authors use economic tools and concepts throughout, in a way that makes them accessible to students without an economics background. Readers are also aided by a wide range of case studies, on-the-ground examples and statistical information, which provide a detailed analysis of each topic. This text is also accompanied by an e-resource, featuring additional sources for students and instructors.
African Economic Development is a clear and comprehensive textbook suitable for courses on African economic development, development economics, African studies and development studies.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION: AFRICA IN CHANGING PERSPECTIVE
Part I: ANALYZING THE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE
Chapter 1: Dimensions of Development: Geography, Ecology, History
Chapter 2: Concepts of African Economic Development: Growth, Structural Change, Poverty and Gender
Chapter 3: Development Theories, Political Economy and Governance
Chapter 4: Economic Institutions and Planning for Development
Part II: HUMAN RESOURCES IN AFRICA
Chapter 5: Demography
Chapter 6: Income Distribution and Human Needs
Chapter 7: Human Development: Education and Health
Chapter 8: Labour and Livelihoods, Formal and Informal
Chapter 9: Urbanization, Migration and Regional Development
Part III: SUSTAINING AFRICAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 10: Environment and Climate Change
Chapter 11: Agriculture and Rural Development
Chapter 12: Natural Resources
Chapter 13: The Industrial Sector
Chapter 14: Infrastructure, Communications, Services and Tourism
Chapter 15: Macroeconomic Management, Debt and Structural Adjustment Plans
Part IV: AFRICA AND THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY
Chapter 16: Trade and Economic Development
Chapter 17: Multinational Corporations and Foreign Direct Investment in Africa
Chapter 18: Development Assistance: the African Record
Chapter 19: The Changing Role of China in Africa
Chapter 20: International Migration
INDEX OF NAMES
Steven Langdon was appointed Adjunct Professor in his former Economics Department at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in 2014, where he teaches a course on African Economic Development with Professors Ritter and Samy. Langdon has completed research, directed projects and taught advanced courses in 24 Sub-Saharan countries, from Senegal to South Africa, Tanzania to Ghana, Nigeria to Mozambique.
Archibald R. M. Ritter is a Distinguished Research Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has lived and worked in Kenya and Tanzania and taught at the University of Liberia as well as the University of Havana, Cuba.
Yiagadeesen Samy is currently the Director and a Full Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has published widely on trade and labor standards, fragile states, foreign aid, taxation and income inequality, and his research in the past few years has focused on Sub-Saharan Africa.