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The State They're in: An Agenda for International Action on Poverty in Africa (Viewpoints) [Paperback]

Matthew Lockwood
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17 Nov 2006 Viewpoints
What are the roots of poverty in Africa and what should now be done about it?
How can a better understanding of African politics contribute to an entirely new policy agenda for aid, trade, and debt?

This is a book to stimulate debate about the roots of poverty in Africa and what should be done about it.

It draws on a substantial body of research to argue that much thinking on Africa – from both official donors and from international NGOs alike – is flawed, because that thinking either does not recognize or does not draw out the implications of the central role of politics and the state in Africa’s development problems.

In almost all African countries the political elites are uninterested in leading a development process. Western donor countries and institutions have largely turned a blind eye to this situation, and indeed aid has become an important resource in maintaining anti-developmental states. By contrast, in almost all other successful development episodes – such as in East Asia - the state has played a key role. Anti-developmental politics remains a problem even in countries that are seen as ‘good performers’.

The analysis leads to a different policy agenda for aid, trade, debt and corruption, and also a different campaigning agenda for NGOs: agendas that have a focus on support for the emergence of a new kind of politics in Africa.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Practical Action Publishing; 2nd New edition edition (17 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853396400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853396403
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 16.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A thought-provoking thesis...Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the deep-rooted difficulties in tackling global poverty -- Shriti Vadera, Adviser to the Chancellor, HM Treasury

Refreshingly acute...A "must-read" -- Camilla Toulmin, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development

This is an important book...Everybody who is interested in the future of Africa should read it -- Larry Elliott, Economics Editor, Guardian

extraordinarily rich and valuable...essential reading for anyone interested in Africa's future -- Duncan Green, Head of Research, OXFAM --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What are the roots of poverty in Africa and what should now be done about it? How can a better understanding of African politics bring about an entirely new policy agenda for aid, trade, and debt?

Matthew Lockwood draws on a substantial body of research to argue that much thinking on Africa – from both official donors and from international NGOs alike – is flawed, because that thinking either does not recognise or does not draw out the implications of the central role of politics and the state in Africa’s development problems.

In almost all African countries the political elites are uninterested in leading a development process. Western donor countries and institutions have largely turned a blind eye to this situation, and indeed aid has become an important resource in maintaining anti-developmental states. By contrast, in almost all other successful development episodes – such as in East Asia - the state has played a key role. Anti-developmental politics remains a problem even in countries that are seen as "good performers".

The analysis leads to a different policy agenda for aid, trade, debt and corruption, and also a different campaigning agenda for NGOs: agendas that have a focus on support for the emergence of a new kind of politics in Africa.

‘This is an important book…Everybody who is interested in the future of Africa should read it.’ Larry Elliott, Guardian

‘..a real tour de force. It’s a punchy and very intelligent read, covering everything the campaigner and engaged citizen needs to understand about the African poverty agenda in 2005.’ David Booth, Overseas Development Institute

‘..this extraordinarily rich and valuable book…[is] essential reading for anyone interested in Africa’s future.’ Duncan Green, Head of Research, OXFAM

‘A thought-provoking thesis…Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the deep-rooted difficulties in tackling global poverty.’ Shriti Vadera, Adviser to the Chancellor, HM Treasury

The Viewpoints series presents research and opinion from authors who seek to influence contemporary debates on policy and practice in international development. Aimed at the concerned general reader as well as the specialist, these books offer the most up-to-date analysis available, in an accessible and affordable format. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Freeing Africa from the shackles of poverty 14 April 2014
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Its the best book that powered me regarding Africa- clientelism, patronage and neo- partrimonial politics aided by Africa's colonial extractive political heritage, I have seen the light and recommend this 151 paged book to any one who seriuosly seeks to bring Africa out of poverty and set Africa free from the shackles of poverty.
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Very useful take on the challenge faced across Africa. I used it when studying development issues. Others might just find the read informative and mind stretching.
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