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Title:Macroeoconomic reforms in sub-Saharan Africa, what position from the women's movement in policy advocacy
Author:Fall, Yacine
Periodical:Démocraties africaines
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:economic policy
Abstract:Economic reforms in Africa have always been implemented with the aim of supporting the expansion and accumulation needs of Western capitalism, while the social and economic rights of Africa's population were ignored. Increasingly, structural adjustment programmes (SAP) have been imposed on the African countries by the international financial institutions (IFIs) without inviting the recipient countries' social forces to participate in the conceptualization of these programmes. The SAPs have had considerable negative effects on the lives of African people, in particular women and children. In fact, the SAPs played a regulatory role in adjusting the global financial and economic crisis at the expense of the poor countries. When African countries became unable to pay their debt service at the end of the 1980s, they turned to the IFIs, which defined the conditions under which African countries were eligible for new credits. Given the situation of crisis and the numerous criticisms of the IFIs' policy, the author proposes a number of actions African women's organizations could undertake to put pressure on national and international forces to take gender dimensions into account in the formulation of economic programmes. Bibliogr.