Developing African Economies: the role of women
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)Johnson-Sirleaf, Ellen;
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As the focus on Africa heightened during the past few months, an American media source characterized Africa's image in the world thus the fourth world, an incomprehensible dystopia of random murder, tribal depravity and political corruption; governments addicted to foreign aid and private charity, incapable of fixing their own problems and unwilling to even try. This rather humiliating characterization stems from an Africa seen as increasingly dependent upon the international community in the face of the serious economic deterioration of the 1990 decade; an Africa which witnessed a per capita income decline of 10 percent during that period; an Africa which felt the pinch of a fall on the order of 50 percent in real world prices for it major exports; an Africa shackled by debt.