Equator School of Development Policy

This thematic area has been informed by the failures of the current neoliberal policy ideology. SEATINI believes that there is need to push for a rethink, both at national, regional and global levels, of the free market paradigm given its adverse implications on the rights of the most economically vulnerable groups in society i.e. women, especially in the rural sector.

The Washington consensus, which advocates for liberalisation, privatisation and deregulation introduced the neoliberal ideology and it has been pushed through the Bretton Woods Institutions i.e. the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Since early 1980s, this ideology has informed development thinking permeating all the policies and policy actions in Africa and the global South.

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Strategic objective: To promote an alternative development paradigm shift from the dominant neo liberal ideology

The Washington consensus, which advocates for liberalisation, privatisation and deregulation introduced the neoliberal ideology and it has been pushed through the Bretton Woods Institutions i.e. the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Since early 1980s, this ideology has informed development thinking permeating all the policies and policy actions in Africa and the global South.

However, the result of this has been a diminished role of the State, extensive liberalisation of economies and the ascendance of the private sector in the development discourse.

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