What is it about?

This paper examines the effect of the Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs) in Sub Shahara Africa leading to the search for Afrocentric developmental policies. Thus, with the balance of payment deficits and the general post-colonial structural and institutional weaknesses, African leaders devised various alternatives to deal with the seemingly adverse effects of the SAPs.

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Why is it important?

This paper in essence has analysed the various Afrocentric development programmes as alternative to the conventional SAPs. What makes this paper very important is its central argument that African leaders are good at formulating socio-economic and political policies but very poor with regard to policy implementation. An account of the factors which continue to persist in present times that led to the failure of the African alternative development programmes have been interrogated.


This work is very important as it employes the historical analytic approach in understanding the basis of why the African continent has not been able to be progressive with the implementation of Afrocentric developmental programmes.

Joseph Bawa
University of Ghana

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This page is a summary of: After the Structural Adjustment Programme for Africa’s Economic Crisis What Next? A Look at Some Immediate African Alternative Development Strategies, SSRN Electronic Journal, January 2020, Elsevier, DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3614173.
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