This is the first volume in a new series Africa: Policies for Prosperity. For the first time in more than a generation, sustained economic growth has been achieved across the continent - despite the downturn in global economic fortunes since 2008 - and in many countries these gains have been realized through policy reforms driven by the decisive leadership of a new generation of economic policymakers. The process of reform is continuous, however, and the challenge currently facing this new generation is how to harness these favourable gains in macroeconomic stability and turn them into a coherent strategy for sustainable growth and poverty reduction over the coming decades.
These challenges are substantial and encompass the broad remit of economic policy. Each volume in this series brings leading scholars into the policy arena to examine these challenges and to lay out, in a rigorous but accessible manner, key challenges and policy options facing policymakers on the continent. Kenya has experienced a period of high and sustained growth since the mid 1990s, growth that has involved economic transformation away from a heavy reliance on traditional economic activities towards an emerging manufacturing economy. But this process, and the economic and social stability that had come to characterize Kenya, have been severely tested by the post-election violence of 2008. Restoring equitable growth and sustaining the structural transformation of the economy is essential if Kenya is to leave this period behind. The chapters in this volume address the key issues that will face economic policy makers in the coming years. They cover the conventional but central questions of finance and macroeconomic management, but also much deeper structural issues of trade, employment generation and education; of land policy, migration and urbanization; and the fiscal challenges facing an ageing but increasingly urbanized, and increasingly affluent, society.
Christopher Adam (Reader in Development Economics Department of International Development University of Oxford)
, Paul Collier (Professor of Economics
, Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies
, and Professorial Fellow of St Antony's College
, University of Oxford)
, Njuguna Ndung'u (Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya)
Oxford University Press
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Series: Africa: Policies for Prosperity
09 December 2010
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Further / Higher Education
1: Christopher Adam, Paul Collier, and Njuguna Ndung'u: Introduction Part I: Strategic Choices 2: Paul Collier and Njuguna Ndung'u: Strategies for Growth 3: Njuguna Ndung'u and Raphael Owino: Unlocking the Future Potential for Kenya: The Vision 2030 4: Leonardo Garrido, Praveen Kumar, Njuguna Ndung'u, and John Randa: Growth Analysis and Diagnostics for Kenya Part II: The Macroeconomic Environment 5: Peter S. Heller, Jane Kirangai, and Kamau Thugge: Fiscal Policy in Kenya: Looking Toward the Medium to Long-term 6: Chris Milner, Moses Sichei, and Maureen Were: Trade Policy in Kenya 7: Christopher Adam, Benjamin Maturu, Njuguna Ndung'u, and Stephen O'Connell: Building a Monetary Regime for the 21st Century 8: Benjamin Maturu, Francis Mwega, Rose Ngugi, and Stephen O'Connell: Exchange Rate Management and Capital Flows Part III: The Environment for Private Market Activity 9: Joseph Karugia, Lydia Ndirangu, Herzon Nyangito, and Tavneet Suri: Policy Options for Agricultural Growth in Kenya 10: Arne Bigsten, Peter Kimuyu, and Mans Soderbom: The Manufacturing Sector 11: Arne Bigsten and Anthony Wambugu: Kenyan Labour Market Challenges 12: Tessa Bold, Germano Mwabu, Justin Sandefur, and Mwangi Kimenyi: Education for Prosperity: Improving Access and Quality 13: Joseph Kieyah and Patricia Kameri-Mbote: Securing Property Rights in Land in Kenya: Formal vs Informal 14: Thorsten Beck, Robert Cull, Michael Fuchs, Jared Getenga, Peter Gatere, John Randa, and Mircea Trandafir: Banking Sector Stability, Efficiency, and Outreach 15: Rose Ngugi, Daniel Amanja, and Isaya Maana: The Capital Market and Economic Growth in Kenya 16: Rosemary Atieno, Dulacha Barako, and Crispin Bokea: Innovation and Financial Access: The Role of M-Pesa 17: Paul Collier, Mwangi Kimenyi, and Roxana Gutierrez-Romero: Democracy and Prosperity
Christopher Adam studied economics at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and at Nuffield College, Oxford. His research is primarily on the macroeconomics of low-income economies, particularly those of Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Fellow of the European Development Network, Visiting Professor at the University of Clemont-Ferrand, France and occasional Visiting Scholar at the IMF. He currently serves as Lead Academic for Tanzania for the International Growth Centre and is Vice Chair of the Board of the African Economic Research Consortium. From 1998 - 2003, Paul Collier, CBE, was Director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank. He is the author of several books including 'The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It' which won the Lionel Gelber, the Arthur Ross and Corine prizes. His most recent book is 'The Plundered Planet: Why We Must and How We Can Manage The World's Natural Resources to Ensure Global Prosperity'. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resources rich societies. Njuguna S. Ndung'u is on leave of absence from the University Nairobi. Professor Ndung'u is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Nairobi and holds a PhD in economics from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Prior to his appointment as Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, he was the Director of Training at the African Economic Research Consortium. He also worked as the Regional Programme Specialist for the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, Nairobi, of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada; and at the Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) as a Principal Analyst/Researcher and Head of the Macroeconomic and Economic Modelling Division. A long-time researcher and trainer with the AERC and MEFMI networks, he has published in international journals as well as chapters in various books on economic policy issues.
Reviews for Kenya: Policies for Prosperity
This is a deceptively good book...an exemplar of the new development economics...a lively and exciting read. It is also likely to nourish the domestic debate in Kenya that is essential for society to be informed and hence empowered to hold its leaders accountable. Economic Development and Cultural Change