From Conflict to Recovery in Africa
Edited by Tony Addison
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From Conflict to Recovery in Africa by Tony Addison
Book DescriptionEstablishing peace and reconstructing Africa's war-damaged economies are urgent challenges. For Africa to recover, communities must reconstruct, private sectors must revitalize, and states must transform themselves. Thus, unless communities rebuild and strengthen their livelihoods, neither reconstruction nor growth can be poverty-reducing. But communities cannot prosper unless private investment recreates markets and generates more employment. And neither communities nor entrepreneurs can realise their potential without a development state-one that is democratically accountable and dedicated to poverty-reducing development. The international community can do much to assist-through more aid, debt relief, and peacekeeping-but ultimately the future lies in the hands of Africans themselves. This book examines these themes in a selection of African countries that have gone through intense and prolonged conflict, and its policy conclusions are important for understanding the prospects for peace and recovery not only in Africa, but also in other 'post-conflict' societies across the world. It also discusses the cross-cutting issues of how economic and political reform interact with conflict resolution and 'post-conflict' reconstruction. This interaction is often neglected by both governments and donors. However, reform and reconstruction cannot be kept separate if conflict is to be halted and poverty reduced. The book is one of the first to undertake a thorough examination of the economic dimensions of recovery from war. It places particular emphasis on designing a recovery in which the poor participate, so that the benefits of reconstruction from war do not just flow to a narrow elite. In highlighting the tensions and opportunities that exist in achieving recovery from war, it contributes not only to the debate on economic policy making in Africa, but also to the design of better reconstruction and reform programmes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199261031
(241mm x 163mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 13-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This book looks at poverty dynamics, or how individual experiences of poverty and wellbeing change over time. It includes work from anthropologists, economists, sociologists, and political scientists and combines qualitative and quantitative research approaches to help deepen our understanding of why some people remain poor while others escape.
Making Peace Work, Hardback (November 2008)
This book provides an insight into some of the main issues that arise in post-conflict economic and social reconstruction, and offers examples of what works, and what does not. It will be of interest to all working on economic and social reconstruction in post-conflict countries, as well as those working on peace and development.
Development Finance in the Global Economy, Hardback (April 2008)
A positive chapter has begun in finance for poor countries. Yet progress remains tentative. This book looks at how to make international finance better serve the needs of poor countries and poor people. It contains contributions by economists and political scientists who have been at the centre of the international policy debate.
Debt Relief for Poor Countries, Hardback (June 2004)» View all books by Tony Addison
After a massive international campaign to highlight the impact of foreign debt, the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative is underway. But can it meet its expectations and make sure the debt relief benefits the poorest people? This text examines these issues, and address many other related factors.
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Author Biography - Tony Addison
Tony Addison is Deputy Director of the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) of the United Nations University. He was previously Director of the Programme in Quantitative Development Economics at the University of Warwick, UK, and has been on the economics faculties of the universities of Warwick and London (School of Oriental and African Studies). He has also been a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London, and has acted as consultant for DFID, ILO, UNICEF, and the World Bank. His current interests are in reconstruction from conflict, fiscal policy in low-income countries, and the debt problems of poor countries.
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