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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 Tanzania; Chukwuma C. Soludo, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria; and Robert Bates, Eaton Professor of the Science of Government
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.
Every year, more than 5 million women, children and adolescents die from preventable conditions, due to a significant financing gap for healthcare for women, children and adolescents, and inadequate incentives for provision and use of quality health services, among other factors. The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child is a new approach to sustainable global health financing that is supporting countries’ approaches to financing and investing in the health of their people.
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.