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Contact Infomation:

Special Collections

Michigan State University Libraries

100 Main Library

East Lansing, MI 48824

517.884.6471

E-mail:spc@mail.lib.msu.edu

URL: http://specialcollections.lib.msu.edu

Date Received:

2005

Date Processed:

April 2008

Acquisitions Information:

Donated by Nancy Berg, 2003.

Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information:  Box number, Folder number and/or title, The Eliiot Berg Papers on African Economic Development, MSS 308, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Copyright Notice:

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this archive, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Usage Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

The Elliot Berg Papers on African Economic Development will be open and available for use in the Special Collections Reading Room.

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Collection Summary:

The Elliot Berg Papers on African Economic Development are selected working files donated to Michigan State University Libraries in 2003 by Nancy Berg, his widow. This archive contains professional correspondence, articles, research, meeting minutes, and personal notes pertaining to Berg’s work with economic development in Africa. The majority of this collection is made up of internal documents and notes from Berg’s work with the African Capacity Building Foundation, 1995 – 2001. Other major subjects within the collection are civil service reform, learnig in aid organizations, and privatization. Works by other scholars are included in the papers, as well as documents pertaining to the World Bank and the Cellule d’Etude de Politique Economique, many of which are in French.  2 boxes, 1988 – 2001.

Historical Background:

Elliot J. Berg was a distinguished development economist. He received his M.A. from Columbia University in 1954 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1960. After teaching at Harvard in the early 1960s, he was Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan and Director of its Center for Research on Economic Development. He ran Elliot Berg Associates during the mid-1980s and later was a senior vice president of Development Alternatives, Inc. In his last years, he divided his time between consulting and teaching at the University of the Auvergne (France). He died in November 2002.

Elliot Berg served many advisory bodies and wrote numerous articles, reports, and books on development issues. He was the main author of the 1981 World Bank report Accelerated Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Agenda for Action, commonly referred to as the Berg Report. One of his last publications was “Why Aren’t Aid Organizations Better Learners?” in Learning in Development Co-operation, edited by Jerkler Carlson and Lennart Wohlgemuth (Stockholm, 2002) pp. 24-40.

Processing Note:

The Elliot Berg Papers on African Economic Development were processed by Joe Lauer in June 2005, and by Audrey Burck in May 2008.

Arrangement:


The Elliot Berg Papers are arranged into two boxes:

Box Folder Folder/Description
1 1 Cross-Border Initiative – Africa
   
  • Office Memorandums and Correspondences, 1988 – 1998
  2 Civil Service Reform: General – Africa
   
  • Research and drafts dealing with Civil Service Reform in Africa
  3 Civil Service Reform: Wage Policy – Africa
   
  • Office Memorandums and Correspondences, 1968, 1985 – 1988
  4 Civil Service Reform: African Case Studies
   
  • Office Memorandums, Research, and Correspondences, 1989 – 1998 Senegal, Mozambique, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Mali, West Africa
  5 Civil Service Reform: Miscellaneous – Africa
  6 Privatization – Africa: Research, Drafts and Correspondences, 1993 – 1996
  7 Privatization – Africa: Elliot Berg’s Presentations and Lecture Notes
  8 Privatization – Africa: Collected Research and Works by Others
   
  • Bonnafous, Alain
  • Cowan, L. Gray
  • Murdoch, W. Neil
  • World Bank Documents
  9 Privatization – Africa: Miscellaneous
  10 Aid in Africa - General (Folder 1 of 3)
   
  • Notes, Articles and Correspondences compiled by Elliot Berg
  11 Aid in Africa – General (Folder 2 of 3)
   
  • Notes, Articles and Correspondences compiled by Elliot Berg
  12 Aid in Africa – General (Folder 3 of 3)
   
  • Notes, Articles and Correspondences compiled by Elliot Berg
  13 Cellule d’Etude de Politique Economique (CEPEC) Papers
   
  • Meeting Minutes, Reports and Notes, 1994 – April 1998
  14 Cellule d’Etude de Politique Economique (CEPEC) Papers: Miscellaneous
  15 Works by Elliot Berg
   
  • Financial Aid to Africa
  16 Elliot Berg Papers: Miscellaneous
Box Folder Folder/Description
2 1 African Capacity Building Foundation (Folder 1 of 9)
   
  • Meeting Minutes, Notes, Reports and Correspondence, 1992 – September 1995 ACBF 1995 Status Report on Project Implementation and Supervision
  2 African Capacity Building Foundation (Folder 2 of 9)
   
  • Meeting Minutes, Notes, Reports and Correspondence, October 1995 – January 1996
  • ACBF 1994 and 1995 Budget Information
  • ACBF 1996 Policy Statement (draft)
  • ACBF 1996 Business and Budget Plan
  3 African Capacity Building Foundation (Folder 3 of 9)
   
  • Meeting Minutes, Notes, Reports and Correspondence, February 1996 – March 1996
  • “Terms of Reference for the External Evaluation of the ACBF” (draft), February 1996
  • ACBF Annual Report of 1995, March 1996
  4 African Capacity Building Foundation (Folder 4 of 9)
   
  • Meeting Minutes, Notes, Reports and Correspondence, April 1986 – July 1996
  • ACBF Appraisal Report (draft), July 1996
  5 African Capacity Building Foundation (Folder 5 of 9)
   
  • Meeting Minutes, Notes, Reports and Correspondence, August 1996 “Financial Proposal for Evaluation of ACBF”
  • ACBF Business Plan for 1997 “Status Report on Project Implementation” (draft)
  6 African Capacity Building Foundation (Folder 6 of 9)
   
  • Meeting Minutes, Notes, Reports and Correspondence, October 1996 – December 1996
  • “Progress Report on the External Evaluation of ACBF”
  • ACBF Business Plan for 1997
  • “Financial Status of ACBF for 1997/1998”
  7 African Capacity Building Foundation (Folder 7 of 9)
   
  • Meeting Minutes, Notes, Reports and Correspondence, January 1997 – July 1997
  • ACBF 1997 Budget Commentary
  • “Evaluation of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF): Project Reports”
  • ACBF Policy Statement
  8 African Capacity Building Foundation (Folder 8 of 9)
   
  • Meeting Minutes, Notes, Reports and Correspondence, September 1997 – 1998 “Status Report on Project Implementation”
  • ACBF 1998 Budget Commentary
  9 African Capacity Building Foundation (Folder 9 of 9)
   
  • Undated and Miscellaneous Papers
  10 CAPEC Papers: Cellule d’Analyse de Politiques Economiques du
    CIRES, Centre Ivoirien de Recherches Economiques et Sociales
  • Meeting Minutes, Notes, Reports and Correspondence, 1994 – 1998 “Resultats du Programme d’Activite de la Cellule d’Analyse de Politique Economique du CIRES (CAPEC) 1994 - 1997”
  11 CAPEC Papers
   
  • Undated and Miscellaneous Papers




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