The theory of economic development, when applied to much of sub-Saharan Africa, is found to be mis-specified both empirically and teleologically. The prevailing theory of economic development, fashioned out of the experience of economic transition toward industrialization in the temperate climates, is alleged to fail to be empirically relevant to conditions in sub-Saharan Africa. Of equal importance, the normative precepts of the prevailing theory of economic development render it of dubious pertinence to societies in which the superiority of an urbanized and industrialized existence remains an open question. The more agrarian nations of Africa offer their own economic and physical reality that challenges the applicability of the conventional theory of economic development. External development assistance to these nations must be reconsidered in light of the conditions and purposes inherent in these agrarian states.
Running head: Development Reconsidered
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