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Introduction: Inside Poverty And Development In Africa

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The uneven, unstable and irregular development patterns on the African continent have puzzled development planners and scholars for decades and the introduction of terms like 'arrested development' (Fieldhouse 1986) and 'stalled development' (Leonard & Straus 2003) are examples of their attempts to classify these development trajectories. The search for the 'African dummy' that could explain growth and development patterns of African countries has received attention in academic research on Africa. Africa has a long history of policies aimed at reducing poverty and improving the living conditions of its population. This chapter discusses the Cowen/- Shenton dichotomy and widen Hart's definition of 'little d' development to include non-capitalist developments as well, or more precisely, the intrinsic drive of the ordinary citizen to improve their lives in an ever-changing context. The different visions and African development policies have been based on the economic theories of growth and development in industrialized countries.

Keywords: African countries; economic theories; poverty



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