Africa's Recovery in the 1990s: From stagnation and adjustment to human development. Summary

Innocenti Publications

  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Cornia, Giovanni Andrea;
    • de St. Jorre, John;
    • van der Hoeven, Rolf;
  • Publisher
    • UNICEF ICDC, Florence
  • Date of Publication
    • 1992
  • Pages
    • 64
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 135U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English
  • Other languages


This study begins with an overview of the unique set of factors which paved the way towards Africa's economic, social and political crisis of unprecedented and paralysing proportions. A review of the programmes implemented - with little or no success - during the 1980s, mostly with International Moonetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank assistance, to lift Africa out of the stranglehold of poverty points to the urgent need for an alternative development strategy. The last part of this publication examines the components of such a strategy.


Thematic area

Economic Development   / 


adjustment policies   /  economic recovery   /