Enhancing Development Assistance to Africa Lessons from Scaling Up Scenarios

Author: Matthew Gaertner
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN: 9781463998141
Release Date: 2012-03-07
Genre: Political Science

The pace of progress toward achievement of the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) in many sub-Saharan African countries remains too slow to reach targets by 2015, despite significant progress in the late 1990s. The MDG Africa Steering Group, convened in September 2007 by the UN Secretary-General, designated 10 countries for pilot studies to investigate how existing national development plans would be impacted by scaled up development aid to Africa. This joint publication of the IMF and the United Nations Development Programme reports conclusions drawn from these pilot studies and summarizes country-specific results for Benin, the Central African Republic, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Sierra Leone, and Zambia.

Getting to Scale

Author: Laurence Chandy
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 9780815724209
Release Date: 2013-04-10
Genre: Business & Economics

The global development community is teeming with different ideas and interventions to improve the lives of the world's poorest people. Whether these succeed in having a transformative impact depends not just on their individual brilliance but on whether they can be brought to a scale where they reach millions of poor people. Getting to Scale explores what it takes to expand the reach of development solutions beyond an individual village or pilot program so they serve poor people everywhere. Each chapter documents one or more contemporary case studies, which together provide a body of evidence on how scale can be pursued. The book suggests that the challenge of scaling up can be divided into two solutions: financing interventions at scale, and managing delivery to large numbers of beneficiaries. Neither governments, donors, charities, nor corporations are usually capable of overcoming these twin challenges alone, indicating that partnerships are key to success. Scaling up is mission critical if extreme poverty is to be vanquished in our lifetime. Getting to Scale provides an invaluable resource for development practitioners, analysts, and students on a topic that remains largely unexplored and poorly understood. Contributors: Tessa Bold (Goethe University, Frankfurt), Wolfgang Fengler (World Bank, Nairobi), David Gartner (Arizona State University), Shunichiro Honda (JICA Research Institute), Michael Joseph (Vodafone), Hiroshi Kato (JICA), Mwangi Kimenyi (Brookings), Michael Kubzansky (Monitor Inclusive Markets), Germano Mwabu (University of Nairobi), Jane Nelson (Harvard Kennedy School), Alice Ng'ang'a (Strathmore University, Nairobi), Justin Sandefur (Center for Global Development), Pauline Vaughan (consultant), Chris West (Shell Foundation)

The East African Community

Author: Ms. Catherine McAuliffe
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN: 9781475586312
Release Date: 2012-11-14
Genre: Business & Economics

The East African Community (EAC) has been among the fastest growing regions in sub-Saharan Africa in the past decade or so. Nonetheless, the recent growth path will not be enough to achieve middle-income status and substantial poverty reduction by the end of the decade—the ambition of most countries in the region. This paper builds on methodologies established in the growth literature to identify a group of countries that achieved growth accelerations and sustained growth to use as benchmarks to evaluate the prospects, and potential constraints, for EAC countries to translate their recent growth upturn into sustained high growth. We find that EAC countries compare favorably to the group of sustained growth countries—macroeconomic and government stability, favorable business climate, and strong institutions—but important differences remain. EAC countries have a smaller share of exports, lower degree of financial deepening, lower levels of domestic savings, higher reliance on donor aid, and limited physical infrastructure and human capital. Policy choices to address some of these shortcomings could make a difference in whether the EAC follows the path of sustained growth or follows other countries where growth upturns later fizzled out.

The Macroeconomic Challenges of Scaling Up Aid to Africa

Author: Sanjeev Gupta
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN:
Release Date: 2005-09-01
Genre: Africa

This paper surveys the economic literature on the scaling-up of aid to Africa. It provides a checklist of issues that need to be considered when preparing a long term macroeconomic projection for a country involving the assumption of a significant increase in aid. Such scaling-up scenarios are most likely to be developed in the context of a country's efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the support of the international donor community. The paper stresses that when preparing a scaling-up scenario it is critical to have a detailed understanding of the likely use of additional aid flows.

Post Stabilization Economics in Sub Saharan Africa

Author: Shanaka J. Peiris
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN: 9781451945379
Release Date: 2008-05-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Mozambique is an economic success story in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Its remarkable achievements offer valuable lessons to other low-income countries in a post-stabilization economic phase, including how they can efficiently manage a scaling up of foreign aid aimed at poverty reduction. Of special interest to other sub-Saharan countries are the book's discussions of Mozambique's progress toward consolidating macroeconomic and financial stability, and the challenges it faces in ensuring long-term sustainability, creating a virtuous cycle of natural resource use, and implementing second-generation structural reforms to sustain its growth. This book also provides a summary of the most recent research on issues related to post-stabilization economics in SSA.

Annual Report of the Executive Board Financial Year 2007 EPub

Author: International Monetary Fund
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN: 9781452720104
Release Date: 2007-10-17
Genre: Business & Economics

The Annual Report 2007 to the Board of Governors reviews the IMF's activities and policies during the financial year (May 1, 2006, through April 30, 2007). This year's Report has been streamlined and translated into three more languages than in the past: Arabic, Japanese, and Russian. Besides an Overview, the chapters cover promoting financial and macroeconomic stability and growth through surveillance; program support; capacity building; technical assistance and training; and the IMF's governance, organization, and finances. The full financial statements for the year and other appendixes are provided on a CD-ROM.

East African Scenarios Project

Author:
Publisher:
ISBN: STANFORD:36105132097648
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Africa, East

The East African Scenarios Project aims to generate and sustain dialogue amongst key stakeholders on alternative possible futures that the East African region might have to confront in the coming decades. The project was launched in February 2005 and will run for a four-year period. Within the context of the East African regional integration process, the scenarios will be a tool that citizens, policy makers, technocrats, development partners and others working at the regional level can use to discuss core issues and ideas that will affect regional integration in the coming years. Since 1998, SID (Society for International Development), working with local partners and through its chapters in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, has pioneered the large-scale use of civic scenarios as a means to engage leadership to focus on alternative possible futures. Having completed the three in-country scenarios exercises, the next step is that of seeking to understand how their lessons ans key messages could be useful at a regional level. Scenarios exercises and outputs, mainly in the form of stories, explore alternative possible futures and are used by individuals, executive and leadership groups to improve their decisions. They are based on solid research and seek to combine an understanding of current trends and patterns with informed anticipation of likely events to explore possible future outcomes. The scenarios are set in the East Africa of 2030 and have been produced in an accessible format, easily readable by a wide and diverse audience.

Imf Survey No 17 2003

Author: International Monetary Fund
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN: 9781455260836
Release Date: 2003-10-07
Genre: Business & Economics

The Web edition of the IMF Survey is updated several times a week, and contains a wealth of articles about topical policy and economic issues in the news. Access the latest IMF research, read interviews, and listen to podcasts given by top IMF economists on important issues in the global economy. www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/survey/so/home.aspx

Meeting Development Goals in Small Urban Centres

Author: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Publisher: Earthscan / James & James
ISBN: 184407305X
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Architecture

Sustainable development has tended to occur on two diverging paths: one technology-focused, the other favouring behavioural solutions. This new, practical text links these two paths in a ‘co-evolutionary’ framework, enabling more sustainable policies and