This collection brings together the key essays on the economic and social history of West Africa of Paul E. Lovejoy, Distinguished Research Professor of History at York University and holder of the Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History. Lovejoy’s work explores the organization of trade and production in the interior of West Africa, and specifically in the regions of modern Nigeria, Niger, Benin, and Ghana in the pre-colonial era before c. 1900, when Muslim merchants and entrepreneurs dominated economy and society.
This book presents a retrospective analysis of Botswana, which somehow succeeded in escaping the tragedies that were so endemic in sub-Saharan African countries. While many factors contributed to the rapid grown rates that Botswana experienced in the 1980s, Patterson argues that it was the convergence of a constellation of factors, such as the discovery of diamonds and the foreign exchange earnings therefrom for the country’s success, that offers a feasible answer to the country’s spectacular economic performance.
Emergent Eritrea: Challenges of Economic Development is the outcome of an historic conference on economic policy making in Asmara, Eritrea, July 22-24, 1991. The conference was held barely two months after the army of the Eritrean Peoples' Liberation Front (EPLF) brought to an end Ethiopia's thirty-year rule over Eritrea. The book deals with a broad range of economics development challenges faced by an organization that is in transition from a guerrilla movement to a civilian government, entrusted with the administration of an entire country.
Is the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) a genuine blueprint for Africa's recovery? The question arises not least because some things don't add up. NEPAD argues that if Africa's "enormous potential and human resources are properly harnessed and utilized, it could lead to equitable and sustainable growth of the continent as well as enhance its rapid integration into the world economy." Is NEPAD a mask for the partnership Frantz Fanon warned against forty years ago?
One of an early stream of critical works on the "new world order," this book attempts to link that brave new subject with the already sizable literature on foreign aid. The author examines the roles of shifting power relationships and technological developments in order to explain the dynamics of foreign aid in the emerging world order. Unlike many other assessments of foreign aid, however, this work turn a deaf ear to ideology and instead closely examines the actual foreign aid data over the 43-yea period of the Cold War (1947-1990).
African economies are the most dependent and the most marginalized within the global system. The prevailing policies that are designed to overcome the African crisis and to reverse marginalization by integrating African economies more closely with the global economy through openness have generally exacerbated their problems by deepening their internal fragmentation. This book is an attempt to contribute to the ongoing effort to develop more appropriate alternative strategies. It proposes an ingenious balance between autocentric and globalist approaches to transcend the African paradox.
As the collective effort of leading African social science research and academic institutions that seek to advance the current debate, this volume includes scholarly studies on diverse and complementary development challenges facing Africa.It proposes a research-based African perspective on development issues, ranging from sectoral and macroeconomic policy to governance, gender, and globalization. A variety of approaches, both quantitative and qualitative, are used to investigate the link between economic growth and development, with the intended result of formulating a new development paradigm for the region.
The volume’s scope offers an accurate indication of the understanding of development by African knowledge institutions in the twenty-first century; it also provides a set of cohesive solutions. No doubt, this volume will be of considerable value to public policy managers and analysts as well as to practitioners and scholars.
How Fast the Wind? asks the question, what is the reality of the fast-moving, continuous change in southern Africa from 1975 to the year 2000? Clearly there has been political independence-- of Mozambique and Angola, of Zimbabwe, of Namibia. And now we seem at last on the road to democratic government in South Africa. How is this region's hierarchical structure, with semi-peripheral South Africa deriving great economic advantage from its long standing linkages with its most peripheral neighbors, being transformed in the process of political struggle?