The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to African development. The focus of the course is to understand the origin and nature of the developmental crisis in Africa along with the options available for reversing the economic malaise. The first part of the course will present and evaluate the challenges of African development with a focus on three issues debt and debt relief, health and development and conflict and crisis. The second will focus on a history of African development with an emphasis on understanding the legacy of the pre-colonial and colonial period. The third part of the course will aim at identifying the evolution of the crisis during the first two decades of independence. The final section offers a critical examination of the nature and impact of the World Bank/IMF-sponsored adjustment policies with a discussion of possible alternatives to adjustment.