Africa: Development and Small States

AfricaThe purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to the problems that face small states in Africa, a continent that is historically the most underdeveloped and one in which there are a number of small states. The seminar seeks to make students familiar with the key policy dilemmas and issues which policy- makers must address, as well as some of the surprising relative advantages that African small states may possess.


Ian Taylor, Professor in International Relations and African Politics, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Reading material:

1) Dörte Dömeland and Frederico Gil Sander ‘Growth in African Small States’, PRMED, World Bank April 2007.

2) Commonwealth Secretariat ‘Sustaining Development in Small States in a Turbulent Global Economy’, 29th Small Branches Conference, Arusha, Tanzania 30 September & 1 October, 2009.

3) Harvey Armstrong and Robert Read ‘The Determinants of economic growth in Small States’, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, vol. 92, no. 368, 2003.

4) Liam Campling and Michel Rosalie ‘Sustaining Social Development in a Small Island Developing State? The Case of Seychelles’, Sustainable Development, vol. 14, 2006.