African Successes, Volume IIHuman Capital

African Successes, Volume IIHuman Capital

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780226316055

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


This is Volume II of a four set series that reports on progress with economic, political, and social development in Africa over recent decades. Volume I deals with social peace, the basic functioning (or not) of government, and how to measure economic development at the household level. Volume II is focused on human capital. This includes public health and various efforts to improve the empowerment–and thus the human development outcomes–for women and girls. We place these issues in a broad economic context, and also include some cutting-edge research on other dimensions of human capital in the African development context. As with the overall economic picture on the past two decades, there are signs of improvement along purely social dimensions of development in Africa. Volume I established that the institutional context for development in Africa remains difficult. But a key theme in Volume II is that no one should conclude that African specifics imply nothing works or that everything becomes corrupted into being completely ineffective. Our researchers have identified important issues, as well as interventions or policy innovations that appear to be gaining traction. The companion volumes III and IV deal with modernization and sustainable growth respectively. Countries covered in detail in this volume include Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia.

Table of Contents

Front Matter

Series Introduction

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil

Volume Introduction

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil

I Health

3 Stimulating Demand for AIDS Prevention

Damien de Walque, William H. Dow, Carol Medlin, and Rose Nathan

4 Alternative Cash Transfer Delivery Mechanisms

Richard Akresh, Damien de Walque, and Harounan Kazianga

II Gender Issues

5 Girl Power

Sarah Baird, Ephraim Chirwa, Jacobus de Hoop, and Berk Özler

III Education

8 The Surprisingly Dire Situation of Children’s Education in Rural West Africa

Peter Boone, Ila Fazzio, Kameshwari Jandhyala, Chitra Jayanty, Gangadhar Jayanty, Simon Johnson, Vimala Ramachandran, Filipa Silva, and Zhaoguo Zhan

9 Success in Entrepreneurship

Michael Kremer, Jonathan Robinson, and Olga Rostapshova