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Why Africa is Poor: And what Africans can do about it par [Mills, Greg]
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Economic growth does not demand a secret formula. Good development examples now abound in East Asia and further afield in others parts of Asia, and in Central America. But why then has Africa failed to realise its potential in half a century of independence? Why Africa is Poor demonstrates that Africa is poor not because the world has denied the continent the market and financial means to compete: far from it. It has not been because of aid per se. Nor is African poverty solely a consequence of poor infrastructure or trade access, or because the necessary development and technical expertise is unavailable internationally. Why then has the continent lagged behind other developing areas when its people work hard and the continent is blessed with abundant natural resources? Stomping across the continent and the developing world in search of the answer, Greg Mills controversially shows that the main reason why Africa's people are poor is because their leaders have made this choice.

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  • Editeur : SA Penguin; Édition : 1 (1 octobre 2012)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What Africans can do about it 11 août 2012
Par Julian Cook - Publié sur
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This is a substantial book (about 500 pages), but is written in a current affairs style and designed to be readable by anyone with a basic knowledge of economics. The point of the book is really in the subtitle 'and what Africans can do about it'. Greg Mills does not think that it is up to the developed world to solve Africas' problems. To state the obvious, this approach has not worked in the past and he spends a lot of time explaining why this will not work in the future either.
A large proportion of the book is not about Africa at all. He spends a large chunk of the first half of the book discussing various reasons (or excuses) given for the relative failure of African nations to grow and for each reason, he finds another nation elsewhere in the world that has had the opposite experience.
In the end, he points out that nations that showed spectacular economic growth e.g. Singapore, were led by leaders and governments who were obsessed by economic growth and staked their reputations on achieving it.
Even though there are many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, each with their own story, the central theme is lack of interest by governments on how to realistically achieve growth. One of the strengths of this book is that Greg Mills does not use words like 'probably', 'might' or 'could be the reason'. He basically points to this one issue as the central problem.
The only minor disappointment I had was the relative lack personal conversations with government officials themselves. There are several, but more would have helped illustrate the issues better. There is a good set of journeys/ examples that he uses to drive home comparisons. A good example is his description of the difference between leaving the Congo (barely a country) and entering Rwanda (quite well run):
"The Rwandan road was not perfect, but was an autobahn in comparison to the Congolese side. It was the difference apparently between having a government and a regime that preys on its people"
This really drove home the point in very few words, but more first-hand interviews would have helped illustrate some quite complex topics and made the (500 page) book more fascinating, I think.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Why is Africa the way it is? 25 octobre 2013
Par Mr. D. H. Lipschitz - Publié sur
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How can one analyse the problems in Africa without appearing to be Racist?

This is the mind blowing age old question. Dr Greg Mills of the Brenthurst Foundation has solved this problem in this book.

The book is a fascinating read and it compares countries and continents that have been occupied / invaded by foreigners and "imperialists" over the past hundred years and then compares them with African countries.

He looks at Asia and South America amongst others and compares their post nationalisation and post civil war growth and policies with those of Africa and his findings are startling.

This is one of those books that cannot be read quickly and where lots of thinking about what Dr Mills is saying is required. I am still on the first part of the book about why Africa is poor, but I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand why Africa and Africans are in the state they are.

I'll write more once I am finished the book and once I have read what we can do about it. Note that having been born in Africa, I consider myself an African!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Absolutely in love with this book 2 mai 2016
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Absolutely in love with this book!!! His writing style is clear and concise - one of the best books I have read on Africa.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Compulsory reading if you are interested or involved in Africa 5 août 2014
Par retiefdv - Publié sur
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This should be compulsory reading for all African politicians and NGO's providing aid in Africa.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 make you think!!!!!!!! 15 avril 2013
Par Mopedi - Publié sur
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Gives a quick of where Africa as a continent is at.

From the book I gathered it much better for the continent to rely on itself than aid
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