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Fixing African Economies: Policy Research for Development

Lucie Colvin Phillips and Diery Seck, editors
Fixing African Economies: Policy Research for Development
ISBN: 978-1-58826-148-9
ISBN: 978-1-62637-104-0
2004/249 pages/LC: 2003041424


When African countries embarked on the first round of structural adjustments in the 1980s and 1990s, there was little opportunity to first determine what programs would work where—instead, governments reluctantly implemented policies that were imposed by international financial institutions and based on theoretical models. The ensuing process was eventful—and the results checkered.

Now, however, it is possible to learn from a decade of research on the actual impacts of economic policy changes. The authors of this book report on programs across Africa, focusing on the research/policy connection in the context of measurable results. Their challenging goal is to contribute to the design and implementation of more productive, more equitable development strategies.


Lucie Colvin Phillips, a development economist, is president of International Business Initiatives. She has worked with governments and private entrepreneurs throughout Africa to assess policies and implement change in the areas of governance, health, education, and private-sector development. Diery Seck is director of the UN African Institute for Economic Development and Planning, located in Senegal. Previously he served as executive director of the Secretariat for Institutional Support for Economic Research in Africa, and for eight years he was coeditor of the Journal of African Finance and Economic Development.


  • Fixing African Economies: The Research-Policy Nexus—L.C. Phillips and D. Seck.
  • Ghana: Promoting Accountability and Transparency in Government Behavior—F.O. Boadu, V.K. Nyanteng, S. Bimpong-Buta, and M. Nadler.
  • Nigeria: Understanding Attitudes Toward Democracy and Markets—P.M. Lewis and M. Bratton.
  • Kenya: Policy Research and Policy Reform—T.C.I. Ryan.
  • Tanzania: Policy Research and the Mining Boom—S.M. Wangwe, H.H. Semboja, and L.C. Phillips.
  • Madagascar: Using Policy Research in Formulating Tax Policy—P. Andrianomanana and C. Gray.
  • Ghana and Uganda: Considering Monetary and Exchange Rate Policies—C.D. Jebuni, P. Musinguzi, and J.D. Stryker.
  • South Africa: Policy-Oriented Research on Labor Markets and Poverty—H. Bhorat.
  • Conclusion—D. Seck and L.C. Phillips.