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Title:World Bank survey missions and the politics of decolonization in British East Africa
Author:Roes, AldwinISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Volume:42
Issue:1
Pages:1-28
Language:English
Geographic terms:Kenya
Tanzania
Uganda
Subjects:decolonization
World Bank
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40282428
Abstract:Recent trends in the literature on the decolonization policy of the British empire dispel the notion of 'imperialism after empire', arguing instead that Britain lacked both the capacity and the determination to continue to shape its colonies' postcolonial future. The present study of the politics behind the East African economic survey missions of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD, or World Bank) - which took place in the same years in which Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya gained independence - aims to counterbalance this trend by shedding light on some of the ways in which colonial practices and orthodoxies were actively reproduced despite Britain's limited 'neocolonial' ambitions. Part 1 focuses on the decisionmaking process leading to the invitation of IBRD survey missions into East Africa. Part 2 analyses the interaction between IBRD experts and the British colonial administration and the ways in which the missions' reports were influenced by British concerns such as the need to limit financial claims on Britain and the undesirability of recommendations in the currency field. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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