The Global Financial Crisis and Africa's "Immiserizing Wealth"

Habiyaremye, Alexis and Soete, Luc (2010). The Global Financial Crisis and Africa's "Immiserizing Wealth". Research Brief, nr 1, United Nations University. UNU.

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    Author Habiyaremye, Alexis
    Soete, Luc
    Title The Global Financial Crisis and Africa's "Immiserizing Wealth"
    Series Title Research Brief, nr 1, United Nations University
    Volume/Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2010
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher UNU
    Language eng
    Abstract Before the current global recession, many resource-rich African countries were recording unprecedented levels of growth due to a raw material price boom. However, the collapse in raw material prices and the ensuing severe economic difficulties have again exposed the vulnerability of these countries� natural resource export-focussed economic structures. In this research brief, we describe how Africa�s abundance of natural resources attracted disruptive and predatory foreign forces that have hindered innovation-based growth and economic diversification by delaying the accumulation of sufficient stocks of human capital. We suggest that for their long-term prosperity, resource-rich African countries shift their strategic emphasis from natural to human resources and technological capabilities needed to transform those natural resources into valuable goods and services to compete in the global market.
    Copyright Holder UNU
    Copyright Year 2010
    Copyright type Creative Commons
    ISSN 1816-5796
    ISBN 978-92-808-3514-4
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