Independence and the need for human capital

Political liberty would prove hollow if not accompanied by economic progress.

In Summary

• For most citizens of the former colonies, economic progress was very narrowly defined as revolving around just two things:

• The ascension of educated local elites to white-collar jobs and the possession (or repossession) of land for the masses.

Just about every Kenyan schoolchild knows the reason why in 2008, America was able to elect as president, a senator from Illinois who we Kenyans very much regarded as “one of us”. It is that the ...

This article is reserved for The Star registered readers.

Simply register at no cost and sign in below to proceed.

Already registered on The Star? Sign in with the same details here.

Questions or problems? Email [email protected] or call 0711 046 000.