ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Role of Industrialisation in Development of Sub-Saharan Africa-A Critique of World Bank s Approach

Role of Industrialisation in Development of Sub-Saharan Africa A Critique of World Bank's Approach Suranjit K Saha Sub-Saharan Africa is the least industrialised of the world's macro-regions. Two recent World Bank reports have proposed programmes of economic expansion based mainly on the export of agricultural and mineral staples. This paper argues that such an approach can only deepen the crisis the continent is currently facing. It presents a case for an alternative people-related programme of development of which industrialisation will have to be a crucial component. At the core of this case is the premise that without manufacturing industries Africa's national economies cannot begin to effectively control and utilise their resources for meeting the needs of their populations. However, in order to develop indigenous manufacturing capabilities, African countries need access to technology which can be better achieved through South-South economic collaboration than through exclusive dependence on the OECD countries. Obstacles to this course of action lie mainly in the realm of politics.

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