African Successes

From Shanta Devajaran at the World Bank’s blog Africa Can…End Poverty, a post on African Successes.

In recent years, a broad swath of African countries has begun to show a remarkable dynamism. From Mozambique’s impressive growth rate (averaging 8% p.a. for more than a decade) to Kenya’s emergence as a major global supplier of cut flowers, from M-pesa’s mobile phone-based cash transfers to KickStart’s low-cost irrigation technology for small-holder farmers, and from Rwanda’s gorilla tourism to Lagos City’s Bus Rapid Transit system, Africa is seeing a dramatic transformation. This favorable trend is spurred by, among other things, stronger leadership, better governance, an improving business climate, innovation, market-based solutions, a more involved citizenry, and an increasing reliance on home-grown solutions. More and more, Africans are driving African development.

A very interesting list of examples and case studies follows.  My colleague at the Independent Institute, Alvaro Vargas Llosa has also edited a recent book on this theme titled, Lessons from the Poor.

Question: How does focusing on successes change our view of development?

Hat tip J-J Rosa.

Comments

If you have seen any of Hans Rosling's lectures (TED has several good ones), he makes similar points. The "third world" countries are making incredible strides.

Video for reference: http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen.html

Are you implying that it means larger governments which is necessarily bad? Outside that cynical view, I don't see what it could mean other than stronger leadership...which as far as I can tell is a good thing... Your post is either vastly confusing or just sad. I'm not sure which.

Just to add, I think 1. is usually true, and so the converse of 2. and 3. are usually true. For instance, post-2000 compulsory land reform in Zimbabwe has been disastrous because it is destroying capital, physical and human, at a rapid rate. If we tend to focus on how Zimbabwean land reform failed, then our development discourse has a bias against a high-risk policy that can have a disastrous outcome (famine, pestilence, hyperinflation). That is a good thing.

@dearieme: Leadership that's better than it used to be. Why, what's 'dear' a euphemism for?

Just to add, I think 1. is usually true, and so the converse of 2. and 3. are usually true. For instance, post-2000 compulsory land reform in Zimbabwe has been disastrous because it is destroying capital, physical and human, at a rapid rate.

The white man land reform in the Americans had disastrous consequences as well. Only in North America did the land reform work well for the reformers, thanks to strong leadership by many, but naming a few, Jefferson, Madison, and certainly the strongest of them all, Andrew Jackson who was determined to see land reform work by killing or otherwise removing all the landowners and then reallocating the land to his will organzed supporters who were backed by a strong government with well ordered military to run off or kill the land owners.

This is really a wonderful initiative. I would suggest to massively invest in multimedia products as they are more story telmling and user friendly: pictures, shiort movies, multiedia stories (slideshow + narration).

It's good that Africa is showing flickers of life, but the continent still labors under the crushing burden of rapid population growth. Rwanda, Kenya, and Mozambique are growing rapidly, but Dr. Malthus is eating up most or all of the profits.

Only Mauritius, South Africa, and Botswana have achieved the demographic transition that permits sustained per capita gdp growth.

I like the rule that supposedly exists at these GMU lunches (Caplan, Cowen, Kling, Tabarrok): Either make a proposition you can bet on or we move to the next conversation.

Can you specify some level of growth (GDP% in PPP) for some particular jurisdiction over a given period of time that you're willing to bet on?

Put up or shut up.

Horrayyy to the black society...

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There are people in Africa when the U.S. president, and the economy should be developed, it can not always use the inflatables

China is the New Hotness now, but Africa is the next new one.

people in Africa when the U.S. president

Is it real or not?

despite the turmoil it is glad to see that there are some successes

will be happy to be proved wrong with this one. I have to admit to a raised eyebrow with this as well.I liked this text and i appreciated. I've read all. When i was surfing , i watched a video.Well said, such a person should be a good sentence,I think people must first research before writing.

But studying it probably isn't much helpful for currently living Africans in their contemporary struggle against poverty.

Successful growth experiences—pace and quality of economic growth

-Achieving shared growth in post-stabilization Mozambique
-Successful reformer: Tanzania's transformation to an open market economy
-Uganda: A decade of strong growth, but limited economic transformation
-After growing at a steady pace for over a decade, Burkina Faso is beginning to diversify its highly cotton-dependent economy
-Mauritius: Adapting to a changing world
-Botswana: Sustained economic progress through prudent macroeconomic management, institutional development, and good governance

this is a hot button issue

Thank you very much very nice article. Great information! Very useful for me. Thanks a lot.

I'm very amazed with this post. Very funny. Thanks for sharing! :)

Nice post there.

I learn something new everyday or get to read about other people's experience which is why I love reading blogs.

If you have seen any of Hans Rosling's lectures (TED has several good ones), he makes similar points. The "third world" countries are making incredible strides.

While Africa may be seeing a rapid transformation, corruption is the major problem. Too much wealth in a few elite.

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