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and 80s Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:44:37 -0700 From: Stephanie Quinn <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: H-Africa@h-net.msu.edu Dear all, I'm a first-year African history Ph.D. student working on a research paper on the Bantu Investment Corporation (BIC)--and related development corporations and institutions--in Namibian and South African homelands in the 1970s and 80s. I'm interested in the impact of development corporation policies on patterns of Namibian and South Africa leadership, and on the postures that the independent Namibian and post-apartheid South African governments later took toward international investment. Right now, I'm trying to gain a clear understanding of the trajectory of development corporations/organizations in both Namibia and South Africa--which organizations followed which, and what changed with the emergence of each organization. As I understand it, in 1976-7 in Namibia, national development corporations emerged for Kavango, Owamboland and Caprivi (and maybe for Damaraland as well?) and co-existed with the BIC until 1978, when the First National Development Corporation of SWA (FNDC/ENOK) was created. In South Africa, as I understand it, in 1977, the BIC became the Corporation for Economic Development (CED) and served a similar capacity to the BIC in Namibia at this time, distributing only a few functions to homeland development corporations, holding most of the homeland development corporations' shares, and funding the homeland development corporations, which were not allowed to raise finances on the open market. In the early 80s, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) phased out the CED, and the "self-governing territories" assumed responsibility for homeland development corporations. I think the South African Development Trust Corporation also took over some projects outside the jurisdiction of the homeland development corporations. How was the CED different from the BIC (or was it just a name change)? What was the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and how was it different from the BIC/CED? Does anyone have any recommendations of sources that I should look at, people I could talk to, ways of getting at the impacts of these institutions? I've been looking at minutes for the legislative councils of homelands in Namibia and South Africa in the 70s and early 80s to get a sense of ideas about these organizations across the different regions, but I'm concerned that I'm getting an elite view from Namibian legislative council members. I think I'm getting a decent picture of these leaders' evolving views of the BIC, but I'm having trouble finding information about the later organizations (national development corporations, FNDC/ENOK, and in South Africa the CED, DBSA, etc.). I would really appreciate any suggestions! Sincerely, Stephanie Quinn --------------- Stephanie Quinn Ph.D. Student, African History Stanford University -- --