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Good Growth and Governance in AfricaRethinking Development Strategies$
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Akbar Noman, Kwesi Botchwey, Howard Stein, and Joseph E. Stiglitz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199698561

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698561.001.0001

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Skills Development for Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Pragmatic Perspective

Skills Development for Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Pragmatic Perspective

(p.462) 16 Skills Development for Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Pragmatic Perspective
Good Growth and Governance in Africa

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Jee-Peng Tan

Oxford University Press

A skilled workforce is essential for Sub-Saharan Africa's economic transformation. However, because investing in skills is costly and often exceeds the capacity of governments to finance to the extent and quality required, a vicious cycle persists in which high costs constrain investments in skills which in turn impedes economic growth and limits the resources available for investing in skills. Breaking out of this chicken-and-egg problem calls for a two-pronged approach that benefits from visionary and pragmatic leadership. The first prong integrates skills development into economic development plans and relies on purposeful and flexible arrangements to meet employers’ immediate demand for skills, particularly in the prospective growth sectors. The second prong involves the longer-run task of system-wide improvement, to equip everyone with strong literacy and numeracy skills, to increase the education system's orientation toward science and technology, and to foster strong linkages with the world of work, particularly in tertiary education.

Keywords:   skills, education, training, demand for skills, skills-intensive strategy, jobs, leadership, policy trade-offs

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