The Elusive African Renaissance

Essays on Today’s Critical Development Issues


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About the Book

Africa faces several major development challenges that have adversely affected the political and material well being of the majority of the people living there.
This collection of new essays rigorously analyzes those frontier development issues—including democracy, leadership, the economy, poverty alleviation through microfinance schemes, food security, education, health and political instability—and offers prescriptions that differ from the dominant neoliberal solutions.

About the Author(s)

George Klay Kieh, Jr., is Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs and Professor of Political Science at Texas Southern University. His research interests include development studies and political economy.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by George Klay Kieh, Jr.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 226
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6774-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3525-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface (George Klay Kieh, Jr.) 1
Introduction: Mapping the Development Landscape in Africa (George Klay Kieh, Jr.) 3
Democracy in Africa: Fiction or Fact in the 21st Century? (E. Ike Udogu) 25
African Leadership and the Management of African Economies (Johnson W. Makoba) 49
Microfinance and Financial Inclusion in Africa: Structures, Policy and Issues (Samuel Wai Johnson, Jr.) 75
The HIV/AIDS Pandemic and Development in Africa in the Era of Neoliberal Globalization (Samuel Zalanga) 97
Higher Education in Africa: Challenges and Prospects (David N.P. Mburu) 122
The Nexus of Food Security and Bio-Fuels in ­Sub-Saharan Africa (Emmanuel O. Oritsejafor) 150
Political Instability and Development in Africa (George Klay Kieh, Jr.) 165
Rethinking Development in Africa: The Lessons (George Klay Kieh, Jr.) 194
About the Contributors 213
Index 215