Contextual paradoxes and the management of 'Debt Relief': Evidence from Sub-Sahara Africa

International Journal of Applied Management (ISSN: 1742-2590) Volume 2 Issue 2

Dr Ken Ife
Chair, Haringey Business Development Agency and Senior Visiting Research Fellow
University of East London


Mode rn management is largely focused on the effective deployment of the factors of production, especially within organisational contexts. However, ‘human capital' has been proven to be a critical determinant of organisational and, by implication, management success or failure. With this as a point of departure, this paper examines an aspect of poverty management, specifically debt relief, using Sub-Sahara Africa as an illustrative case study. It is premised on the notion that the way poverty is conceptualised is inherently about value preferences that vary between individuals, organisations and societies. Whilst governments and multi-lateral agencies are currently showing an unprecedented interest in poverty of nations, societies and world regions, it is surprising that organisational theorists, especially those focusing on the macro analyses of organisations and their environments, have not paid sufficient attention to this important dimension. This paper, therefore, represents an exploratory position work, written from a practitioner perspective.

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