Materials for Directed Studies in African Political Economy, Summer Term, 2014
GENERAL RESOURCES FOR ALL OF THE DIRECTED STUDIES
Each African Economic Outlook also has a very good assessment of the major African countries
The IMF Regional Economic Outlooks for Sub-Saharan Africa are issues twice a year. They are very good for the overall economic climate as well as some technical issues such as inclusive growth, exchange rates, debt servicing etc.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Economic Reports on Africa are built around a contemporary theme each year. Many of the chapters are country case studies that might be of use in your research.
The African Development Report presents a good over view of special economic development issues relevant to Africa
The UNCDAD Reports Examine Various Aspects of Economic Development in Africa
SPECIALIZED READINGS FOR EACH DIRECTED STUDY
Zambia/Tanzania -- Poverty Reduction/Inclusive Growth (Jacqueline Natter)
Stages of Growth -- Maurtania (Jen Warren)
Nigeria -- Patron-Client System (Aaron Baum)
Entrepreneurship -- South Africa/Mauritius/Mozambique/Madagascar/Seychelles/ (Eric Rabarijona)
Dayo Oloade, The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Chanage in Modern Africa, Houghton Mifflin Haircourt, 2014
Civil Society Influence Nigeria/Ghana (Temi Songonuga)
The Economy of Botswana (Chris Dorough)
Mozambique (Stephen Pereira)
Defense Spending in West Africa (David Andre)
Probably best to decide how you want to proceed. There are several approaches: (1) descriptive -- who is spending what and on what. How is it being supplied and financed? (2) what are the impacts of defense expenditures on the economy -- guns vs butter tradeoffs? Do defense expenditures come at the expense of education etc? There are also a number of quantative things you could do if you have some statistics.
Ethiopia (Parnell Prassada)