Institute of Development Policy

Africa rising? A historical perspective (24/01/20)

Africa rising? A historical perspective

IOB and the Centre for Urban History  (Faculty of Arts) cordially invite you for this workshop with Ewout Frankema (WUR)

Sub-Saharan Africa’s recent economic boom has raised hopes and expectations to lift the regions’ ‘bottom millions’ out of poverty by 2030. How realistic is that goal? We approach this question by comparing the experiences of three front-runners of region-specific development  trajectories – Britain’s capital-intensive, Japan’s labour-intensive, and Ghana’s land-extensive growth path, highlighting some historical analogies that are relevant for Africa, but often overlooked in the current ‘Africa rising’ debate. Although our exercise in diachronic comparative history offers little hope for poverty eradication by 2030, we do see broadened opportunities for sustained African economic growth in the longer term.
The paper can be downloaded here

The presentation will be followed by comments and links to their own work by  Sahawal Alidou (IOB), Sam Geens (CUH), Elie Lunanga (IOB) and Wout Saelens (CUH).


Sandwiches are provided for free, but please register here

Registration will close when we reach the maximum capacity of 40 persons (only 5 places left!)

Date & Location

Friday 24 January 2020
12.30 - 15.00

University of Antwerp
Room S004
Lange Sint-Annastraat 7
2000 Antwerp