The Atinga Development Model

  • George B. N. Ayittey


The object of economic development is to raise the living standard of the “average African.” He is not an elite. He is a peasant—an illiterate, poor and rural person, whose primary occupation is agriculture. Throughout, we have called him Atinga. The elites were more obsessed with industrialization, missile technology, and nuclear power than with the Atingas peasant agriculture. Arrogantly, they then later marched off to “educate” the Atingas about “modern and scientific” farming techniques while feeding them empty revolutionary slogans. That approach got Africa nowhere.


Economic Freedom Credit Union Ivory Coast Peace Accord Traditional Ruler 
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© George B. N. Ayittey 2005

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  • George B. N. Ayittey
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  1. 1.USA

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