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African Economic Institutions

1st Edition

By Kwame Akonor


160 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book analyzes how, and under what conditions, African International Economic Organizations (IEO) have evolved, and what individual and collective contributions, if any, these African IEOs have had on Africa’s socio-economic development.

Providing a comprehensive and accessible overview, the book covers the continent’s main IEOs, The United Nations Economic Commission on Africa, The African Development Bank; and The New Partnership for Africa’s Development as well as the five major Regional Economic Communities, including Economic Community of West African States, and Southern African Development Community.

Assessing the degree to which African IEO’s have been able to chart their own course in coming up with their development agendas and priorities rather than following the lead of Global Institutions, this book:

  • Provides a descriptive and analytical overview of the historical and contemporary development blueprints produced for Africa
  • Clearly examines the contribution made by African economic institutions towards development
  • Considers whether African economic institutions are building blocks or stumbling blocks in Africa’s development
  • Offers a detailed evaluation and critique of African IEOs

Enabling the reader to reach a deeper understanding of the challenges and potentials of development on the African continent, African Economic Institutions will be of interest to all students and scholars of African politics and development studies.

Table of Contents

1. The history of African economic institutions and their development agenda 2. Structure and activities of the African IEOs 3. Towards a heterodox approach 4. African regional economic communities 5. Emerging issues and future direction

About the Author

Kwame Akonor is an Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University (New Jersey, USA), where he teaches International Relations, Comparative Politics and African Political Economy. He directs the University’s Africana Center and is also director of the African Development Institute, a New York based think tank. He is the author of Africa and IMF Conditionality (Routledge, 2006).

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)