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Title: The Maputo Development Corridor: Emancipation for Whom?
Authors: Tate, Rachel
Supervisors: Hamill, James
McCormack, Tara
Award date: 22-Jun-2018
Presented at: University of Leicester
Abstract: This thesis offers a nuanced analysis and evaluation of the Maputo Development Corridor (MDC) the first cross-border corridor project in Africa. It considers the core debate that exalts this flagship cross-border development corridor as a model for growth and development in Africa, while simultaneously questioning why key academics remain critical of the model’s ability to deliver. The thesis critiques numerous one dimensional interpretations of the project that condemn the MDC as little more than a neo-liberal experiment. It suggests that the context is correct, but the outcomes are overly narrow. It draws together an impressive collection of data that encompasses South Africa and Mozambique. The resulting analysis offers a unique insight into this development corridor and its ability to deliver in this micro-region. It provides insight into the projects ability to deliver on its economic and social objectives, the latter of which has remained unexamined until this time. This is achieved through both qualitative and quantitative evaluation. It acknowledges the weaknesses in the MDC. Nevertheless, the positive results found here can be assimilated into a ‘corridor methodology’ which could then enhance develop mentalism in other micro-regions throughout Africa.
Type: Thesis
Level: Doctoral
Qualification: PhD
Rights: Copyright © the author. All rights reserved.
Appears in Collections:Leicester Theses
Theses, Dept. of Politics and International Relations

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