Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Patricia Agupusi ─ Homegrown Development in Africa: Reality or Illusion?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

4:30 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

Reception to follow.

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Internationally driven development programmes have not been entirely successful in transforming the economic status of African countries. Since the late 1990s many African countries have started to take initiatives to develop an integrated framework that tackles poverty and promotes socio-economic development in their respective countries.

This book provides a critical evaluation of ‘homegrown’ development initiatives in Africa, set up as alternatives to externally sponsored development. Focusing specifically on Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, the book takes a qualitative and comparative approach to offer the first ever in-depth analysis of indigenous development programmes. It examines:

How far African states have moved towards more homegrown development strategies.

The effects of the shift towards African homegrown socio-economic development strategies and the conditions needed to enhance their success and sustainability.

Commentators on the panel will include:

Patricia Agupusi, author and Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute

Anani Dzidzienyo, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University

Paget Henry, Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology, Brown University

Glenn Loury, Professor of Economics, Brown University

moderated by Nitsan Chorev, Professor of Sociology and International Studies, Brown University

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