The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


DPU Working Paper - No. 95

Mainstreaming Alternative Strategies into Structural Adjustment


4 April 1999

Authors: Laurie C Joshua

Publication Date: 1999

Since the beginning of the 1990s there has been a shift in structural adjustment programmes from an exclusive focus on economic growth to the inclusion of institutional reforms. This process of harnessing institutional reforms alongside economic reform, which Robinson [1994] termed the New Policy Agenda, has become a preoccupation of many development theorists and practitioners in Latin America and Asia, and more recently in the former communist states of Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

The New Policy Agenda, which encourages interaction between the state, non-government organisations and donors [defined as the key actors], has began to take root in Sub-Saharan Africa too, but the patterns and characteristics of its implementation in this part of the world are less well documented. This study, which is based on a extensive review of the nomothetic literature and on field-based ideographic data, overcomes this omission by delineating, depicting and analysing interaction between key actors in Uganda.

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