Prospects for economic governance: resilient pro-poor growth
Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to discuss the potential of the present drivers of economic governance, trade and investment, and also to envision their intersections and cross-cutting impacts on poverty and human development. Design/methodology/approach ‐ A general review is employed to highlight scenarios shaping Africa's economic governance and the magnitude of their impact on pro-poor growth. Potential responses are identified to address African vulnerabilities to poor governance and alternative dimensions to achievable equitable future are recommended for implementing those measures as a way forward. Findings ‐ The paper observes that changes to the policy environment should include reform in Africa's governance and policy processes by supporting participation by a variety of actors including the poor rural farmers and women among others. Research limitations/implications ‐ A broader literature review to support some of the recommended alternative dimensions is needed. Practical implications ‐ The existing economic governance structure in Africa does not include stakeholders. Changes to the policy environment should include reform in Africa's economic governance and policy processes by supporting participation by a variety of actors including the poor rural actors (farmers and women) among other underrepresented groups. Originality/value ‐ The paper uses foresight and futures in discussing alternative scenarios for economic governance as relatives to poverty reductions and human development.