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May 2009

Pourquoi il faut augmenter l'aide en faveur de l'Afrique

Shanta Devarajan's picture

Dans les pays riches, lorsque le taux de croissance économique diminue de 3 ou 4 points, les individus perdent leur emploi et, probablement, leur maison, mais ils les retrouvent lorsque la reprise économique intervient. Dans les pays pauvres d’Afrique, les enfants sont retirés de l’école — et sont privés de la possibilité de devenir plus tard des adultes productifs. Dans certains cas, les enfants meurent avant d’avoir eu la chance d’aller à l’école. Si l’effondrement actuel de la

Why aid to Africa must increase

Shanta Devarajan's picture

In rich countries, when economic growth declines by three or four percentage points, people lose their jobs and possibly their houses, but they regain them when the economy rebounds. In poor African countries, children get pulled out of school—and miss out on becoming productive adults. In some cases, children die before they have a chance to go to school. If t

The problem with economists

Shanta Devarajan's picture

I flinched when, at a recent BBC World Debate Zeinab Badawi asked Bob Zoellick why, when there are so many economists at the World Bank, they couldn’t do anything about protecting developing countries from the impact of the global crisis. Were we asleep at the wheel? Montek Ahluwalia gave us temporary respite by pointing out that the economists in the industrialized countries didn’t see the global recession coming even in their own countries, much less that it would spread to poorer count

On Aid to Africa

Tijan Sallah's picture

Dambisa Moyo' book "Dead Aid" is gaining influence among African leaders (I wanted to point to President Kagame's thoughtful commentary in the FT). I would like to add the following comments. Volumes of aid to Africa per se are not the issue; instead the issue is the quality of political leadership and the effectiveness with which aid is put to in Africa to support the continent's development. &nb

La crise économique mondiale quels impacts sur l'Afrique subsaharienne ?

Shanta Devarajan's picture

Lors d’une mission en Europe, j’ai assisté à un séminaire à l’Institut Français des Relations Internationales IFRI. J’ai parlé des quatre canaux de transmission de la crise en Afrique, et la réponse de la Banque Mondiale. Le débat qui a suivi mon discours était très riche et intéressant. Les questions étaient diverses—sur la relation entre la croissance et la pauvreté, les solutions régionales et les états fr