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Title:Sierra Leone: Urban-Elite Bias, Atrocity and Debt
Author:Riddell, Barry
Year:2005
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:32
Issue:103
Period:March
Pages:115-133
Language:English
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:social inequality
civil wars
World Bank
IMF
debt
Urbanization and Migration
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
Links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240500121032
http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=T41221MT65507631
Abstract:Sierra Leone experienced the violent results of an undeclared civil war which lasted over a decade (1991-2002). The violence largely resulted from a set of programmes and policies of the country's postcolonial government which produced pronounced and obscene elite-peasant disparities. With the termination of hostilities, the IMF and the World Bank have financially assisted the country's recovery and rehabilitation through a set of programmes. These were dominated by the IMF's Post-Conflict scheme and the jointly-administered (IMF/WB) Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative. This paper interrogates the documents of these international financial institutions and queries such data in two senses: has the nation's development agenda been able to recover from the debt overhang, and are the fundamental causes of the country's violent past addressed? The experience of Sierra Leone provides a window into the operations of the international financial institutions as they impose neoliberal globalization in the Third World. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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