Africa's Turn? (Boston Review Books) by Edward Miguel

By Edward Miguel

Edward Miguel, coauthor with Raymond Fisman of financial Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of countries, is affiliate Professor of Economics and Director of the heart of Evalulations for international motion on the college of California, Berkeley.

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The 2005 expiration of the Multi-Fiber Agreement, which ended most textile and apparel edward miguel  quotas worldwide, allowed China’s low-cost factories to compete freely with other textile producers for the first time, and China’s share of rich-country markets has surged. Africa’s textile producers have been among the main losers, and many of AGOA’s initial gains have eroded. The noncompetitiveness of African textiles is emblematic of a broader failure of the recent economic expansion. While natural resource and some agricultural exports have grown, industrial transformation is not driving Africa’s growth: in most African countries, the manufacturing sector remains as small today as it was in 2000.

Average annual per capita income in the fifteen Sahelian countries is only $346, and the entire region is racked by political instability and warfare. 5°C) and rainfall could drop by 24 percent over the next eighty years. So there will be less rain and what little does fall will evaporate more quickly due to higher temperatures. One of the driest places on earth may get even drier.  is it africa’s turn? If its fragile soils turn into desert sand, the region’s economic situation could grow worse.

I do not think RCPS insurance should (or could) entirely replace traditional aid focused on infrastructure, health, or education. But given that the fruits of so much foreign assistance are currently destroyed by armed conflict, or diverted to humanitarian relief after wars have already broken out, RCPS is a natural complement to standard foreign assistance. An existing program that provides drought assistance to farmers in Botswana shows that an RCPS insurance mechanism can work. Drought is a frequent visitor to Botswana, as in much of the semiarid tropics.

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