Post-Conflict Economies in Africa: Synthesis and Lessons
It is impossible to do justice to all the studies presented in this volume, but this chapter attempts to synthesize the material and draw lessons from the case studies. The synthesis has ten thematic issues: colonial history; neighbours; elite political instability; rent-seeking opportunities; child combatants; the proliferation of cheap weapons; inter-ethnic and class injustice and grievance; the need for impartial and effective judicial and legal systems; the role of the international community; and the role of democratic institutions.
KeywordsColonial Power Military Coup Colonial History Primary Commodity Draw Lesson
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Ake, C. (1996) Democracy and Development in Africa (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution).Google Scholar
- Atanga, L. M. (2003) ‘Tackling Small Arms in Central Africa’, BICC paper no. 29, Bonn International Centre for Conversion.Google Scholar
- Collier, P. and A. Hoeffler (2001) ‘Greed and Grievance in Civil War’, working paper no. 2355, World Bank, Washington, DC.Google Scholar
- Economist, The (2003) ‘Can Oil Ever Help the Poor?’, 6 December, pp. 37–8.Google Scholar
- Fosu, A. K. (1998) ‘Review of Claude Ake, Democracy and Development in Africa’, Journal of Development Studies, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 171–2.Google Scholar
- Kuznets, S. (1996) Modern Economic Growth: Rate, Structure, and Spread (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press).Google Scholar
- Minow, M. (1998) Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence (Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press).Google Scholar
- Salopek, P. (2001) ‘Leftover Arms Fuel Continent’s Ruinous Wars: Cold War Surplus Wreaks Havoc’, Chicago Tribune, 23 December.Google Scholar
- Taylor, K. (2000) ‘Child Soldiers in Africa: The Problem and the Solutions Fact Sheet’ (Washington, DC: TransAfrica Forum).Google Scholar
- Woudenberg, A. V. (2002) ‘Africa at the Crossroads’, briefing paper no. 19, Oxfam GB.Google Scholar