Topic 2: Development models

Coordonned by the Prof  Gervasio SEMEDO

The donors’ model for Africa, commonly known as SAP, has been implemented since the mid 80s despite the existing local counter proposals to renew the development approaches, signifying the rejection of a monolithic idea which does not take into account the African political, sociological and cultural realities. For instance, the Lagos Plan of Action (1980) proposed by the former Organisation of the African Union at the initiative of Adedeji Adebayo, was ignored by the donors who, soon after, presented their proposal in the Berg Report (1981) entitled: Accelerated Development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 However, after three decades of repeated structural adjustments in Africa, has the Continent really adjusted? Why the expected outcomes have not been fully achieved?

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