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Type Working Paper - Afrobarometer Briefing Paper no. 93
Title The uses of the Afrobarometer in promoting democratic governance
Issue 93
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2010
Page numbers 1-9
Over the past twenty years, approaches to development in Africa have undergone a fundamental change. Practitioners no longer regard development as a largely technical exercise. Economic growth and social wellbeing are now rarely seen as simple matters of, say, getting the prices right for maize production or finding a medical cure for guinea worm disease. Instead, we now understand that technical fixes only work well if embedded in a political and organizational infrastructure that generates broad support for policies and ensures the reliable delivery of goods and services. In short, development practitioners now recognize the critical importance of institutions.

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