Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Development In AfricaRefocusing the lens after the Millennium Development Goals$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Hany Besada and Timothy M. Shaw

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447328537

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447328537.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 17 August 2017

Economic performance and social progress in Sub-Saharan Africa: the effect of least developed countries and fragile states

Economic performance and social progress in Sub-Saharan Africa: the effect of least developed countries and fragile states

Chapter:
(p.225) Eight Economic performance and social progress in Sub-Saharan Africa: the effect of least developed countries and fragile states
Source:
Development In Africa
Author(s):

Manmohan Agarwal

Natasha Pirzada

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447328537.003.0009

The chapter examines the economic performance of different regions of developing countries and its impact on progress towards achieving the MDGs. It finds that most progress has been made either where growth has been very rapid as in East Asia or where governments have the fiscal resources and administrative capacity to implement special programmes as in Latin America. Unfortunately, countries in Sub-Saharan have experienced neither rapid growth nor have governments successfully implemented social programmes. A detailed analysis finds that the poor economic performance of the countries in SSA cannot be ascribed to many of them falling in the category of LDCs or of failed and fragile states. The performance of different categories of countries in SSA is very similar and this is mirrored by the performance of countries in Latin America. This suggests that international factors rather than domestic policy may be the governing factor in economic performance.

Keywords:   sub saharan Africa, economic performance in developing countries, mdgs, ldcs, fragile states

University Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .