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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Modernization theories, African development plans and the question of 'transition'
Authors:Agnew, John A.ISNI
Moudoud, EzzeddineISNI
Year:1985
Periodical:Cultures et développement (ISSN 0011-295X)
Volume:17
Issue:1
Pages:71-96
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:development plans
Lagos Plan of Action
Abstract:Discussion of two major plans for African development in terms of the theories of development upon which they are based. The first plan is the 'Lagos Plan of Action for the Economic Development of Africa 1960-2OOO', adopted by the OAU in 1980; the second plan is one contained in a World Bank publication, known as the 'Berg Report' and entitled Accelerated Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Agenda for Action' (1981). An analysis of the general characteristics of the two major theories of development, the 'Marxist-stalinist' school and the 'Bourqeois' school of modernization, shows the similarity of their racist-ideological assumptions. These foreign theories of development jave nothing to offer to the solution of the African crisis; the solution has to come from Africa and Africans themselves. This is precisely the objective of the Lagos Plan. Notes, ref.
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