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Indigenizing African Development Capacity

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Abstract:

Yakubu Lai Yahaya questions the future for Africa given the historical weakness of administrative leadership and persistent limitations of capacity to develop and implement endogenously driven policy. He argues that colonial rule provided little space for indigenous participation in the policy space and the independence leaders that followed focused less on the development of effective bureaucratic forms of administration. Although in the 1980s and 1990s the critical importance of effective public administrative function was recognized, it came with policy prescriptions that were mostly externally induced and internationally donor-driven. More recent attempts at indigenizing the policy development and implementation process suggest an important role for policy entrepreneurs, providing a more robust mixture of talents and technical skills.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/dev.2012.79

Publication date: December 1, 2012

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