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Structural Adjustment : The SAPRI Report: The Policy Roots of Economic Crisis, Poverty and Inequality
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Structural Adjustment : The SAPRI Report: The Policy Roots of Economic Crisis, Poverty and Inequality

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Structural Adjustment

Structural adjustment programmes are the largest single cause of increased poverty, inequality and hunger in developing countries. This book is the most comprehensive, real-life assessment to date of the impacts of the liberalisation, deregulation, privatisation and austerity that constitute structural adjustment. It is the result of a unique five year collaboration among citizens' groups, developing country governments, and the World Bank itself. Its authors, the members of the Structural Adjustment Participatory Review International Network (SAPRIN), reveal the practical consequences for manufacturing, small enterprise, wages and conditions, social services, health, education, food security, poverty and inequality. The stark conclusion emerges: if there is to be any hope for meaningful development, structural adjustment and neoliberal economics must be jettisoned.


“Structural Adjustment: The SAPRI Report illustrates the devastating impact that structural adjustment policies, undemocratically imposed by the international financial institutions, have had on national productive capacity, employment, wages and the growing number of people in poverty. It captures what we in Mexico and Latin America have fought against for the past two decades and is all the more pertinent given the intensifying challenges to neoliberalism in the region.” —Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, former Senator, Governor and Mexican presidential candidate

“An excellent expose of how people's human rights are being sacrificed on the altar of the free market in the name of development.” —Fantu Cheru, former UN Special Rapporteur on Structural Adjustment

“We urgently need to change the way the aid business is conducted, including structural adjustment. This global report contains findings that warrant close examination by the international financial institutions, development agencies, and national governments.” —Jan Vandemoortele, Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP

“This book documents a unique exercise in broad-based civil society participation, collaboration and engagement with official institutions. It represents a strong challenge to governments and the World Bank to open up economic policymaking to reflect local knowledge and realities.” —Lidy Nacpil, Jubilee South and Secretary General, Freedom from Debt Coalition (Philippines)

“Structural adjustment has been the most controversial economic and social policy model foisted onto a reluctant Third World in the past two to three decades. SAPRIN has been a pioneering network tracking, critiquing and acting on its damaging effects. This vitally important book cogently summarizes the various effects of structural adjustment and should be read by all who care about the developing world.” —Martin Khor, Third World Network

“Exposes a human reality among the poor in developing countries, which may belittle or even falsify official statistics...it is high time that the report is finally available as a book.” —Modern African Studies

“...is an excellent and important book, one that helps to illuminate and further problematize a critical concept in contemporary international development. The book should be of keen interest to economists, development practitioners and theorists, and social movement activists alike. The introductory chapter is particularly fascinating and insightful.” —Pablo S. Bose, York University, Toronto

ISBN:  9781842773888