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Title:Cotton sector reform in Mali: explaining the puzzles
Author:Serra, Renata
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:Mali
Subjects:cotton industry
aid agencies
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43302931
Abstract:This paper provides a detailed analysis of the cotton sector reform process in Mali from 2000 to 2011, explaining reform delays and ambiguities in terms of the wider political and socio-economic context and aid relationships. Contrary to arguments pointing to lack of state commitment and ownership, domestic stakeholders increasingly worked towards finding an acceptable and consensual reform package. The process encountered quite serious obstacles, however, due to divergent actors' incentives, and the existence of opposing philosophies about what a restructured cotton sector should look like. As a consequence of donors' misjudgement of the political and social realities underlying the Malian cotton sector, dialogue among stakeholders was difficult and polarized, forcing the government to spend considerable time and resources to find a suitable compromise. This paper contributes to a better understanding of the merits and limits of pursuing consensual policy processes against the constraints posed by divergent donors' policy paradigms. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]