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Africa As Topic In The UN

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From the outset the process of decolonization was of overall importance with regard to Africa in the organs of the United Nations. After the majority of African countries had gained their independence in the early sixties, Africa played an increasingly important role for the specialized agencies and other UN bodies dealing with development issues. The United Nations tried to reverse the economic and social degradation in Africa with its United Nations Programme of Action for the Economic Recovery and Development of Africa (UNPAAERD), adopted by the 13th Special Session of the UN General Assembly. UNPAAERD was a framework for the development actors in Africa including the international donor community. UNPAAERD, and its base document prepared by the African governments avoided an assessment of economic structures and of their conformity with markets, as had been the focus of the Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs) of IMF and World Bank.

Keywords: Africa; Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs); UN; UNPAAERD; World Bank



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