The period from 1960 to 2000 was one of remarkable growth and transformation in the world economy. Why did most of Sub-Saharan Africa fail to develop over most of this period? Why did a few small economies succeed spectacularly? Will the acceleration of growth since the mid-1990s be sustained? Based on 26 detailed country studies by African research economists, the African Economic Research Consortium's 2-volume study, The Political Economy of Economic Growth in Africa, 1960-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2007) is the most ambitious and comprehensive assessment of Africa's post-independence economic growth performance to date.
On Monday, April 14, 2008, the Center for Global Development and the Mortara Center for International Studies, Georgetown University presented a discussion of Africa’s Economic Growth: Past Lessons and Future Prospects with introductory remarks by Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development and Carol Lancaster, Director, Mortara Center for International Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Benno J. Ndulu, Governor, Central Bank of
and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University were presenters.
Callisto Madavo, Visiting Professor of African Studies, Georgetown University, and Stephen A. O’Connell, Eugene M. Lang Research Professor, Department of Economics, Swarthmore College served as discussants, and Steve Radelet, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, moderated the discussion.
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