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WP/07 Development Progress in sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Botswana, Ghana, Mauritius and South Africa

Botswana, Ghana, Mauritius and South Africa are sub-Saharan African countries that stand out for their development progress. Each of these countries has succeeded against the odds, against expectations. This paper synthesizes the common ingredients of these countries’ success, and derives lessons. It concludes that smallness, landlockedness, tropical location, distance from world markets, racism, colonialism and other challenges can be overcome through appropriate institutions, governance and good economic policies.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Working Paper
Volume:
2010/07
Title:
WP/07 Development Progress in sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Botswana, Ghana, Mauritius and South Africa
Authors:
Wim Naudé
Publication date:
February 2010
ISBN 13 Web:
978-92-9230-242-9
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2010
Keywords:
sub-Saharan Africa, development, success, country role models
JEL:
O55
Project:
Country Role Models for Development Success
Sponsor:
UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges the financial contributions to the project by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the financial contributions to the research programme by the governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development).
Format:
online and printed copies
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