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The Global Financial Crisis and Development: Whither Africa?

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  • Augustin Kwasi Fosu

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The global economic crisis beginning in 2008 has come at a very inopportune time for Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) appeared to be on a march toward real economic and human progress, following the dismal performance of the 1980s and early 1990s. Economic growth had resurged since the mid-1990s, and was above the world average at the beginning of the early twenty-first century. Poverty had also declined considerably from their heights of the mid 1990s, rivaling the record over the same period for South East Asia and India, for instance. Meanwhile, human development had also resurged since the mid 1990s. Then the crisis hit. In response, growth fell by more than two-thirds. There appears to be some recovery, however, and the growth decline has so far been less than in previous economic crises, even though the global recession precipitated by the current crisis is the deepest since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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  • Augustin Kwasi Fosu, 2010. "The Global Financial Crisis and Development: Whither Africa?," WIDER Working Paper Series 124, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  • Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2010-124
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    1. FOSU, Augustin Kwasi, 2008. "Democracy and growth in Africa: Implications of increasing electoral competitiveness," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 100(3), pages 442-444, September.
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    1. Efobi, Uchenna & Nnadi, Matthias, 2015. "Foreign Aid, IFRS Adoption and Foreign Direct Investment," EconStor Preprints 114568, ZBW - German National Library of Economics.
    2. Gregory N. Price & Juliet U. Elu, 2014. "Does regional currency integration ameliorate global macroeconomic shocks in sub-Saharan Africa? The case of the 2008-2009 global financial crisis," Journal of Economic Studies, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 41(5), pages 737-750, September.
    3. Quattri, Maria A. & Fosu, Augustin Kwasi, 2012. "On The Impact Of External Debt And Aid On Public Expenditure Allocation In Sub-Saharan Africa After The Launch Of The Hipc Initiative," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 126879, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    4. EFOBI Uchenna & NNADI Matthias, 2015. "How Does Foreign Aid Affect the Relationship between IFRS Adoption and Foreign Direct Investment?," Working Papers 15/014, African Governance and Development Institute..
    5. repec:unu:wpaper:wp2012-42 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Facundo Alvaredo & Leonardo Gasparini, 2013. "Recent Trends in Inequality and Poverty in Developing Countries," CEDLAS, Working Papers 0151, CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

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    global financial crisis; development; Africa;

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