First published in 1997, this volume is intended to make a contribution to both the literature and the contentious debate on the relationship between structural adjustment and reconstruction and development in Africa, as seen from the multidisciplinary perspective of academics and practitioners working in Africa on African development problems and issues. The implementation of structural adjustment in Africa has spawned a considerable, and still on-going, debate with vociferous advocates on both sides of the issue, particularly with respect to the efficacy of structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) as an antidote to Africa’s development crisis. This book contributes to that debate with a rich mixture of analytical views and ideas covering a wide range of countries and sectors on the role and impact of structural adjustment programmes on the process of reconstruction and development in Africa.
Table of Contents
Part 1. The Economic Crisis, Structural Adjustment and Developmental Policy. 1. The Economic Crisis in Africa: An Analytical Perspective on its Origins and Nature. Kempe Ronald Hope, Sr. and Gladson Kayira. 2. Structural adjustment Policies: Some Lessons for Development Momentum in Africa. S. N-A. Mensah. 3. Structural Adjustment and the New Conditionalities: Towards Development in Africa. Ben C. Chiculo. 4. Structural Adjustment Policies in Africa: Designing Chaos or Chaos in Implementation. G.S. Maipose. Part 2. Assessing the Impact of Structural Adjustment Programmes: The Economic Effects. 5. Structural Adjustment Policies: An Assessment of the Economic Impact in Southern Africa. Gladson Kayira and Kempe Ronald Hope, Sr. 6. Industrial Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Impact of Structural Adjustment. Ben Kaluwa. 7. Some Constraints of Structural adjustment on the Production of Peasants in Malawi. Pacharo H. Simukonda. 8. Structural Adjustment and the Myth of its Success in Ghana. Kwame Frimpong. Part 3. Assessing the Impact of Structural Adjustment Programmes: The Social Effects. 9. Structural Adjustment and the Poverty Principle in Africa. Gloria Jacques. 10. The Social Impact of Structural Adjustment Programmes on the Smallholder Irrigation Farmers in Zimbabwe. Dumisani Magadlela. 11. The Social Impact of Structural Adjustment Programmes on the Youth in Zambia. Kwaku Osei-Hwedie. 12. Migration as a Consequence of Structural Adjustment in Africa: The Impact on Botswana. Gwen N. Lesetedi. Part 4. Alternative Approaches to Reconstruction and Development. 13. Better Assessments of Structural Adjustment Programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Quest for More Qualitative Measures. Arnon Bar-On. 14. The Limits of Privatization as a Development Strategy in Africa. H.P.B. Moshi. 15. Barriers to Reconstruction and Development: A Brief View of Corruption and Economic Crime in Southern Africa. Dave MacDonald.