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The African Development Experience

By Nicholas Norbrook
Posted on Friday, 28 June 2019 14:26, updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 21:32

China, South Korea, Singapore, Japan; the tigers have told their story.

But while we hear a lot about the East Asian Development Experience, what is the African Development Experience?

A new book by Carlos Lopes tries to fill in the gap: Africa in Transformation – Economic Development in the age of Doubt.

He joins us on the podcast to talk through how:

  • Africa might as well be exporting jobs, instead of creating them.
  • All the high-value activity remains something that happens outside the continent; Africa’s age-old struggle with the difficult issue of structural transformation remains as relevant today as 50 years ago.
  • Ethno-nationalism is getting in the way of states delivering on industrial policy.

And much much more…


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