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Discussion paper: Why are sub-Saharan economies not growing sustainably?

Keith Palmer’s most recent discussion paper focuses on why sub-Saharan economies are not growing sustainably.

High GDP growth rates sustained across sub-Saharan Africa throughout the 2000-2012 “long decade” led some to claim that a process of economic transformation took place across the continent. However, the reality was very different with strong external drivers and weak domestic policy responses causing a deterioration in the competitiveness of agribusiness and manufacturing.

A breakdown in the favourable external environment since 2013 has exposed the need for major policy shifts, beyond simply restoring macro-economic balance. However, this will only be possible when host governments fully appreciate the nature and magnitude of the challenges their economies face and are willing to effect the necessary changes. At present too many have looked at the headline GDP growth rates and assumed wrongly that all is well.

The paper can be accessed here.

Keith is EfD’s Chair of Trustees.

Agricultural Growth and Poverty Reduction in Africa: The Case for Patient Capital

This paper explains the rationale for patient capital and how it can be deployed to support growth of sustainable agriculture and generate major benefits for rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

ColaLife Case Study

EfD has released a new case study on ColaLife, an independent non-profit organisation focused on the distribution through participative approaches of health commodities, such as ORS, zinc, vitamin A, water purification methods, and other medicines or social products.

The case study provides an overview of the ColaLife, how the business has grown to date, and how it intends to scale up over the coming years.

Linkage Africa Case Study

EfD has prepared a case study documenting the lessons learned from Linkage’s pilot scheme. Linkage is a vegetable brokerage enterprise working with smallholder farmers in Nakuru, Kenya. The pilot scheme was implemented between July-December 2014.

EfD announces support for Jacaranda Health

EfD has released a new case study on Jacaranda Health, a non-profit social enterprise focused on improving the quality of low cost maternal and newborn healthcare in Africa. Services are provided through maternity hospitals with 12 to 15 beds, equipped with a laboratory, pharmacy and the essential equipment needed for delivery and postnatal care.

The case study provides an overview of the Jacaranda Health business model, how the business has grown to date, and how it intends to scale up over the coming years.

EfD is supporting this scale up process by helping Jacaranda to become a regional hub for quality improvement in maternal and newborn health by exploring the option of replicating its systems in other private health facilities through management partnerships. See here for more information.