Issues And Challenges In Economic Development Of Africa
Although African countries are inherently different, it is possible to identify common economic trends and challenges over the past few decades that have had an influence on the contemporary African situation. This course introduces students to the economic performance and constraints faced by countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. A key highlight of the course is that, most countries in Africa have suffered relative economic decline or stagnation for a period of time that has an influence on the present.
The course introduces students to key concepts of Economic growth and development. Attention is paid to data quality and the statistical problems that feature the best applied economic literature with in Sub Saharan countries. The heterogeneity of African economies is stressed with key highlights on particular sub-regions, countries and sectors. The course also emphasizes the importance of a details grasp of economic history as a basis for critically assessing generalized debates on the determinants of recent economic performance.
The aim of this course is to increase students' capacity to use their growing knowledge of economic theory, development economics and econometrics in rigorous analysis of a subset of critical issues and challenges facing policy makers in Sub-Saharan Africa
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course students should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of development and the process of economic growth and development.
Exhibit an understanding of the social services of economic of economic growth.
Demonstrate an understanding of the challenges to economic development of Africa.
Demonstrate an understanding of the major and minor strands in debates over African economic development.
Exhibit an understanding of the Dependency Syndrome in Africa