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By Obed O. Mailafia

This ebook explores the complicated, post-colonial courting among Europe and African states. utilizing new box paintings in addition to current fabric the writer explores * the dynamics of international relations * the working practices of european agreements * responses to debt and structural adjustment

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80 In June 1990 the British Foreign Secretary, Douglas Hurd, gave a policy statement at a press conference in which he declared that “good government” is a necessary condition for success in economic development. 81 A year later, the Minister for Overseas Development, Baroness Chalker, was to outline the conditions of “good government” as being: sound social and economic policies; free markets and enhanced role for the private sector; provision of essential services and reduction in the military budget; competence in government and administrative capacity; pluralism; public accountability; and political openness.

14 Within the Group of 77, some critics argued that a special programme specifically designed for Africa might prove to be inimical to collective Southern solidarity. 16 The UN initiative served to publicize the problems of the African region but could not mobilize the required financial resources and political backing to ensure that it succeeded. , more exports of raw materials, encouragement of foreign direct investment, and a reduced role for the state in the economy. The “Special Facility for Sub-Saharan Africa” was established by the Bank as a temporary financing scheme for African countries.

The African Alternative’s central orientation remains its emphasis on the social and human dimensions of AFRICA AND THE NEW INTERNATIONAL AID REGIME 29 adjustment, especially in the key areas of provision of social services and basic needs, shielding the most vulnerable groups from adversity of harsh policies, and improving human and institutional capacity. The ECA clearly felt the need for African countries to reassert their initiative in matters of economic policy instead of depending on external actors for ideas which might not be in their own best interest.

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