International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Limits of External Reliance for Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
Iwara, Iwara Eno, PhD; Dickson, Emmanuel Ekpe

This paper addresses itself to the limits of external reliance for sustainable development in Sub-Saharan African countries. The paper noted that the initial independence expectation that the post independence period would be linked with real economic freedom from oppression, and the people connected with public wealth, has continued to be a mirage. The paper articulates the point that the mainstream advocates’ believe in the principle of comparative advantage that has structured state economic behaviour and specialization of the roles of poor countries, rather, promotes western incursions in the critical sectors of development in sub-Saharan Africa. The paper argues that the continued reliance on external ideas, technology, and development policies imposes limits on the quest for sustainable development in sub-Saharan African countries. Finally, the paper delivers the thinking that sub-Saharan African countries should begin to make reasonable budgets for research and development(R&D) to enhance intellectual probity on development challenges, and for the creation of strategic socio-economic policies for sustainable development in Sub-Saharan African countries.

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