This title was first published in 2001: Bringing together geographers, planners, political scientists, economists, rural development specialists, bankers, public administrators and other development experts, this volume questions the benefits of Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs). It critically assesses the impact of SAPs from a wider perspective than a purely economic one, highlighting concerns about impacts of adjustments on the more vulnerable elements of society such as social welfare, the environment, labour, gender and agriculture. Revealing both the costs and benefits of the economic restructuring programme, the book also suggests alternatives to current development models, and how SAPs can be made more sustainable. An original and comprehensive addition to the collections of both students and practitioners of development.
Table of Contents
Contents: An overview of structural adjustment programs in Africa, Kwadwo Konadau-Agyemang; Structural adjustment programs and the political economy of development and underdevelopment in Ghana, Kwadwo Konadau-Agyemang, and Baffour Kwaku Takyi; The growth of public debt in a reforming economy, Joe Amoako-Tuffour; Fiscal impacts of structural adjustment, Kojo Appiah-Kubi; From a developmental to a managerial paradigm: Ghana’s administrative reform under structural adjustment programs, Peter Fuseini Haruna; Cocoa production under Ghana’s structural adjustment programs: a study of rural farmers, Kwaku Osei-Akom; Structural adjustment programs and Ghana’s mineral industry, Eric Asa; Impact of structural adjustment policies on forests and natural resource management, Noble T. Donker; Structural adjustment programs and the mortgaging of Africa’s ecosystems: the case of mineral development in Ghana, Charles Anyinam; Structural adjustment programs, human resources and organizational challenges facing labour and policy makers in Ghana, Kwamina Panford; Structural adjustment, policies and democracy in Ghana, Kwame Boafo-Arthur; Migration and remittances: rural households strategies for coping with structural adjustment programs in Ghana, Siaw Akwawua; Rural banking and credit inter-mediation in an era of structural adjustments, Andy C.Y. Kwawukume; Structural adjustment programs and emerging urban forms, Ian E.A. Yeboah; Urban planning and management under structural adjustment, Samuel Aryeetey-Attoh; Structural adjustment and the health care system, Joseph R. Oppong; Adjustment reforms in a poor business environment: explaining why poor institutions persist under Ghana’s reforms, Nicholas Amponsah; Progress in adjustment in Ghana: is growth sustainable?, Robert Armstrong; Alternative methods for evaluating structural adjustment programs, Francois K. Doamekpor; Africa under World Bank/IMF management: the best of times and the worst of times, Kwadwo Konadau-Agyemang;
KWADWO KONADU-AGYEMANG is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at The University of Akron, Akron Ohio.USA. He had his undergraduate education in Ghana, graduating with a BSc (Hons) Land Economy Degree from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana in 1981. He earned his Master's (1987) and Ph.D (1991) degrees from the University of Melbourne and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, respectively.
’Here at last is a book of substance, rather than just rhetoric, about structural adjustment...written by people who know Ghana from first hand experience, not from cloistered halls. A must read for anyone interested in globalization and for all students of contemporary Africa.’ Professor James L. Newman, Syracuse University, USA 'This book provides interesting reading...The novelty lies in the fact that the evaluation is multi-disciplinary and would therefore interest a wide range of development researchers.' Journal of International Development