The result of the joint research between JICA Research Institute and the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) of Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz turned out to be a publication this spring. The two organizations have been collaborating on the research on development policy in Africa since the fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) in 2008.
This published book aims to review the existing economic policy in Africa. It attempts to find new approaches to the following questions: why the economic growth performance of Sub-Saharan Africa has been disappointing over the past 50 years, and what can be done to bring about sustained economic growth? The book stresses the importance of the facilitating role of the government in the economic development and also points out that donors need to allow ample policy space for African countries to formulate new approaches.
The authors include 27 specialists from a wide variety of development economics including Mr. Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Prime Minister, and Dr. Yaw Ansu of the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET). From Japan, Mr. Atsushi Hanatani, former JICA-RI senior Research Fellow, and Mr. Matsuo Watanabe, former JICA Senior Advisor, as well as Professors Kenichi and Izumi Ohno at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, who are currently members of JICA Project “Policy Dialogue for Industrial Policy in Ethiopia.”