Structural distortions and adjustment programmes in the poor countries of Africa
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Structural distortions and adjustment programmes in the poor countries of Africa a challenge for development policy

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Published by German Development Institute in Berlin .
Written in English



  • Africa, Sub-Saharan


  • Africa, Sub-Saharan -- Economic policy.,
  • Africa, Sub-Saharan -- Economic conditions -- 1960-

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StatementHartmut Brandt ... [et al.].
SeriesOccasional papers of the German Development Institute (GDI) ;, no. 85, Schriften des Deutschen Instituts für Entwicklungspolitik, DIE ;, Bd. 85.
ContributionsBrandt, Hartmut.
LC ClassificationsHC800 .S79 1985
The Physical Object
Paginationxxxi, 377 p. :
Number of Pages377
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2336500M
ISBN 103889850421
LC Control Number86226845

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against the acceptance of an ‚adjustment program™ containing a set of policy reforms in different areas. To this end, the IMF introduced two forms of enlarged credit facilities, the Structural Adjustment Facility (SAFs) and the Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility (ESAFs), intending to address the problems of poor (often African) countries. Africa Africa; World Bank; IMF; economic policy ASC Country policy: Abstract: Since the early s the majority of countries in sub-Saharan Africa embarked on the implementation of IMF/World Bank designed 'structural adjustment programmes' (SAPs). This paper examines the theoretical underpinnings of the SAPs. Introduction of structural adjustment programs in one way or another was the way of making least developed countries to become dependent instead of independence as seen from all these countries few African countries are independent, this is the evidence of those conditionalities imposed by the IMF through structural adjustment programs of Theoretical impacts of IMF programs on Poverty Structural Adjustment Programs typically include a lot of different policies which interact with each other. It is most likely that the countries in which SAPs are implemented differ in terms of their economies and pre-program conditions from non-program countries but also from each other.

Structural Adjustment Policies The concept of structural adjustment has its origins in the global economic events of and the first oil shock. The percent rise in oil prices hit developing country economies. In many countries, for example, the cost of oil imports rose to 1/5 of total exports. The ensuing recession led.   Countries which fail to enact these programs may be subject to severe fiscal discipline. Critics argue that financial threats to poor countries amount to blackmail; that poor nations have no choice but to comply. Since the late s, some proponents of structural adjustment such as the World Bank, have spoken of “poverty reduction” as a goal.   To assist African development, Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs) provided “conditional lending” (Thomson, ) – conditional, in that governments receiving debt relief were obliged to adjust their economic general, ‘adjustment’ meant liberalising and privatising, although SAPs were wider in scope in that their developmental aims were highly political. Downloadable! World Bank/International Monetary Fund adjustment programmes prescribed for ailing Third World economies have been described as a failure. The aim of the article is to assess if the failure is due to the policies as designed by the World Bank/IMF. or as results of implementation by adjusting nations. Twenty peer review journal articles on SAP programmes from to covering.

  NewsRescue Below is a brief background of the events that led many countries to accept SAPs. It describes how SAPs are being implemented and what results they have produced over the past 20 years. This article also gives a short analysis of the roles of the World Bank, the IMF and the local political elites in this process. Structural Adjustment and the Debt Crisis SAPs were born as a . In Africa, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank do not have a good reputation. Many people consider them agencies of misery, poverty and social distress. This perception is driven by the experience of the structural-adjustment programmes that the international financial institutions (IFIs) insisted on in the s and s. For almost two decades, countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have implemented structural-adjustment programs (SAPs), and at the threshold of a new millennium, Africa may be graduating from being a region with “lost development decades” to becoming the world’s “forgotten continent.”. 2 STABILISATION AND STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT Rationale and Content Structural adjustment is a set of measures that seek to permit renewed, or accelerated, economic development by correcting ‘structural’ disequilibrium in the foreign and public balances. Often, such measures are required as conditions for receiving World Bank and IMF loans.