Is Mozambique an African success story? It has 7 percent a year
growth rate and substantial foreign investment. Fifteen years after
the war of destabilisation, the peace has held. Mozambique is the
donors' model pupil, carefully following their prescriptions and
receiving more than a billion dollars a year in aid. The number of
bicycles has doubled and this is often cited as the symbol of
development. In this book the authors challenge some key
assumptions of both the donors and the government and ask questions
such as whether there has been too much stress on the Millennium
Development Goals and too little support for economic development;
if it makes sense to target the poorest of the poor, or would it be
better to target those who create the jobs which will employ the
poor; whether there has been too much emphasis on foreign
investment and too little on developing domestic capital; and if
the private sector really will end poverty, or must there be a
stronger role for the state in the economy? This book is about more
than Mozambique. Mozambique is an apparent success story that is
used to justify the present 'post-Washington consensus' development
model. Here, the case of Mozambique is situated within the broader
development debate. Joseph Hanlon is Senior Lecturer at the Open
University and the author of Beggar Your Neighbours; Mozambique:
Who Calls the Shots?; and Peace without Profit (all published by
James Currey) which have all made influential interventions in the
development debate; Teresa Smart is Director of the London
Mathematics Centre, Institute of Education. Published in
association with the Open University
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