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This article argues about the need for “a paradigm shift from managing poverty to economic transformation for Africa” as the vision for a new development discourse that Africa now needs. It notes the weaknesses of the current African development trajectory despite at times impressive growth rate and makes five suggestions around which a new development discourse can be anchored:
- Re-energize the development discourse, with particular emphasis on the transformation of productive capabilities and structure.
- Give much greater attention to industrial/urban and technology/innovation policies and strategies.
- Respect the approach and thinking of development institutions and strategies across Africa as they coalesce around new practices and theories of development.
- Explore the implications of globalization and liberalization.
- Promote local and national development through the institutional and productive transformation of regions.
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