The Making of Africa’s Economic Transformation – an African Arguments, African Voices podcast on Know the Beginning Well

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Three reviews of Know the Beginning Well by Alex de Waal, Nick Westcott, and Prof Shanta Devarajan have been published on the African Arguments website. The reviewers and a cast of economic commentators and practitioners will discuss K.Y.’s book in one of the African Arguments, African Voices podcasts.

The speakers will discuss key topics explored in the book, including K.Y.’s experience of Africa’s economic growth (and lack of it) and the effectiveness of policies designed to promote it during these critical years since independence. How did policies impact on the real economy? What caused the economic decline in the 1970s and ’80s. Did the push to implement the ‘Washington consensus’ hinder or help African economies? What drove the dramatic recovery after 2000? And what approach is needed now to achieve the real transformation of African economies that is needed both to meet local needs and to give Africa a greater role in the world economy?

This event will be live-streamed via Zoom and Facebook on May 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm GMT. You can register on the Royal African Society website to receive a Zoom link ahead of the event.


Nick Westcott, Director, Royal African Society






Dr. K.Y. AmoakoK.Y. Amoako, Founder, and President of the African Center for Economic Transformation




Albert Zeufack, Chief Economist for Africa at the World Bank, Washington DC




Professor Shanta Devarajan, Professor of the Practice of International Development, Georgetown University




Bineta Diop, (AU Especial Envoy) on Women, Peace, Security, and Development




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