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This report provides an assessment of structural adjustment policies undertaken by seven African countries in the mid-1980s. This report is distinct from other studies on this subject. First, it emphasizes the specific economic and social circumstances of each country that led to the adoption of an adjustment program. Second, it measures and analyzes the extent to which the adjustment policies were, in fact, implemented in each case. Finally, the report attempts to assess economic performance in relation to the strength of the implementation of policy reforms.

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Adjustment in seven African countries --------------------------------------- 1 Rashid Faruqee and Ishrat Husain

Burundi: learning the lessons---------------------------------------------------- 11
Pierre Englebert and Richard Hoffman

Côte d'Ivoire: fettered adjustmen ------------------------------------------------ 72
Lionel Demery

Ghana: frontrunner in adjustment ----------------------------------------------- 153
Chad Leechor

Kenya: patchy, intermittent commitment --------------------------------------- 193
Gurushri Swamy

Nigeria: ownership abandoned ----------------------------------------------------- 238
Rashid Faruqee

Senegal: stabilization, partial adjustment, and stagnation ---------------- 286
Mustapha Rouis

Tanzania: resolute action ------------------------------------------------------------- 352
Darius Mans

Conclusions ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 427
Rashid Faruqee and Ishrat Husain

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World Bank regional and sectoral studies

Author Affiliation

  • Ishrat Husain is Professor Emeritus at the the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi

Adjustment in Africa: lessons from country case studies