Paper on industrial policies and developmental states in Africa

Paper on the Replicability of East Asian Developmental States Model in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Senegalese Case Study

‘A blueprint approach often took industrial policies from other countries, often East
Asia, and applied them to Africa but ignored key contextual factors in the Asian successes

(UNECA 2014:56). This is one of the key acknowledgements of the 2014 Economic Report on Africa on
Dynamic Industrial Policies
jointly issued by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union Commission. Their 2011 Report titled
Governing Development in Africa: The Role of the State in Economic Transformation
also made

explicit references to the Asian developmental states suggesting
a ‘developmental reawakening’ (Fine 2012)
on the continent and the revival of the state as the cornerstone of development, after many decades of neoliberal supremacy.

After some 50 years of post-colonial statehood and despite the various strategies deployed towards achieving economic development, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
is still home

to the majority of the 58 countries listed by Paul Collier in 2007 as
the bottom billion
, the poorest of the poor. This have led scholars to try and understand why development is yet to be attained on this continent, and to learn lessons for brighter perspectives following the seminal work of Chalmers Johnson (1982) on Japan that engendered a fertile literature on
the East Asian ‘Developmental States’.
Today, SSA States are seeking to avoid their developmental failures of the 1970s and to promote sustained economic growth as well as inclusive economic development.

30 minutes with

A series of interviews on current African affairs with artists, writers, academics, activists, policy-makers, etc.

Rama Salla Dieng

Researcher. Reader.

I am a Senegalese Researcher and writer.

I am currently a Lecturer in African Studies  and International Development at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. I am  the Programme Director for the MSc Africa and International Development and my research focuses on feminist political economy, agrarian studies, gender and development in Africa and African feminisms. I also serve on the Council of Development Studies Association UK, and convenes the Decolonising Development Study Group. 

Between 2010 and 2015, I worked  as a Research Assistant then a Research Fellow in the Policy Research Division the  African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP)/ United Nations Economic Commission for Africa based in Senegal. Prior to that, I worked at the UNDP office in Mauritius. I am passionate about political economy of development, agrarian change, governance, gender & development and African feminism(s). Therefore, I also collaborate with  organisations such as The Agrarian South NetworkDAWN , FRIDA – The  Young Feminist Fund and Moremi Initiative for Women’s  Leadership in Africa.

My PhD  research focused on the socio-economic impact of  horticultural projects developed in Northern Senegal . I was awarded the 2015 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance and Development in Africa PhD scholarship. I also hold an MsC in Research for International Development from SOAS as a 2013/2014 Chevening Scholar specializing in African Economic Development, Gender and Development and Political Economy of Institutions. My MSc thesis focused on The Politics of Policy-making and the Shift from “Poverty Reduction” to “Emergence” in Senegal (1995-2014).  I have also been selected as a 2017 Emerging African Leader of the University of Cape Town’s Mandela School of Public Governance. In 2013, I contributed to a collective book by the Network of Young African Researchers on Democracy and Development in Africa in 2013. I also hold degrees in Politics and Risks Management in Developing countries from SciencesPo Bordeaux.

I am passionate about promoting accurate alternative narratives on Africa, hence my convening of a series of interviews on current African issues: ‘30 minutes with …’ in which I interview policymakers, scholars, artists and ordinary citizens about current African issues.

But above all, I love spending quality time with my family, and reading. 

I strongly believe that “to whom much is given, much is expected”.

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