IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this book

From Conflict to Recovery in Africa


  • Addison, Tony
    (Deputy Director UNU/WIDER)


Establishing peace and reconstructing Africa's war-damaged economies are urgent challenges. For Africa to recover, communities must reconstruct, private sectors must revitalize, and states must transform themselves. Thus, unless communities rebuild and strengthen their livelihoods, neither reconstruction nor growth can be poverty-reducing. But communities cannot prosper unless private investment recreates markets and generates more employment. And neither communities nor entrepreneurs can realise their potential without a development state-one that is democratically accountable and dedicated to poverty-reducing development. The international community can do much to assist-through more aid, debt relief, and peacekeeping-but ultimately the future lies in the hands of Africans themselves. This book examines these themes in a selection of African countries that have gone through intense and prolonged conflict, and its policy conclusions are important for understanding the prospects for peace and recovery not only in Africa, but also in other 'post-conflict' societies across the world. It also discusses the cross-cutting issues of how economic and political reform interact with conflict resolution and 'post-conflict' reconstruction. This interaction is often neglected by both governments and donors. However, reform and reconstruction cannot be kept separate if conflict is to be halted and poverty reduced. The book is one of the first to undertake a thorough examination of the economic dimensions of recovery from war. It places particular emphasis on designing a recovery in which the poor participate, so that the benefits of reconstruction from war do not just flow to a narrow elite. In highlighting the tensions and opportunities that exist in achieving recovery from war, it contributes not only to the debate on economic policy making in Africa, but also to the design of better reconstruction and reform programmes. Contributors to this volume - Tony Addison (WIDER) Clara de Sousa (Bank of Mozambique) Mario Adauta de Sousa (National Institute of Statistics, Angola) Bjorn Ekman (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Stockholm) Asa Stenman (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Stockholm) Gaim Kibreab (South Bank University, London) Daniel Ayalew (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopa) Stefan Dercon (University of Oxford) Pramila Krishnan (University of Oxford) Arne Bigsten (University of Gothenburg) Renato Aguilar (University of Gothenburg) Marc Wuyts (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague) Carlos Castel-Branco (SOAS, University of London) Chris Cramer (SOAS, University of London) Degol Hailu (SOAS, University of London) Alemayehu Geda (SOAS, University of London) Gote Hansson (Lund University, Sweden) Jens Kovsted (University of Copenhagen) Finn Tarp (University of Copenhagen) David Bevan (University of Oxford) Leonce Ndikumana (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Suggested Citation

  • Addison, Tony (ed.), 2003. "From Conflict to Recovery in Africa," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199261031.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199261031

    Download full text from publisher

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Addison Tony & Niño-Zarazúa Miguel & Singhal Saurabh & Gisselquist Rachel M., 2015. "Needs vs expediency: Poverty reduction and social development in post-conflict countries," WIDER Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    2. del Castillo, Graciana, 2012. "Aid, Employment and Inclusive Growth in Conflict-Affected Countries: Policy Recommendations for Liberia," WIDER Working Paper Series 047, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    3. Renato Aguilar & Andrea Goldstein, 2009. "The Chinisation of Africa: The Case of Angola," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 32(11), pages 1543-1562, November.
    4. Tony Addison & Ville Pikkarainen & Risto Rönkkö & Finn Tarp, 2017. "Development and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa," WIDER Working Paper Series 169, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    5. George Mavrotas, 2011. "Security and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus," Chapters,in: Security and Development, chapter 1 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    6. Giovanna Andrea Cornia & Antonio Scognamillo, 2016. "Clusters of Least Developed Countries, their evolution between 1993 and 2013, and policies to expand their productive capacity," CDP Background Papers 033, United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs.
    7. Anand, P.B., 2005. "Getting Infrastructure Priorities Right in Post-Conflict Reconstruction," WIDER Working Paper Series 042, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    8. David M Malone & Heiko Nitzschke, 2010. "Economic Agendas in Civil Wars: What We Know, What We Need to Know," Working Papers id:3226, eSocialSciences.

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199261031. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Economics Book Marketing). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.