Africa Notes: "Accelerated Development" Revisited - August 1984
August 5, 1984
In September 1981 the World Bank published Accelerated Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Agenda for Action. I was the main author of that report, though there were many collaborators and it involved a Bank-wide effort. The document has been widely discussed in Africa, in the industrial countries, within international aid agencies, and at several international conferences. As the third anniversary of the publication of this controversial study approaches, some reflections on our diagnosis and recommendations are in order. To what extent have events changed the relevance of the arguments presented? Which of the criticisms of the Report's prescriptions are most pertinent and persuasive?