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African Renaissance

African Renaissance

by Fantu Cheru
     
 

How can African countries escape from marginalization, deepening impoverishment and state disintegration in the new era of globalization? Fantu Cheru draws on his experience of many different countries to argue for a way beyond the simple state-led versus market-driven approaches to Africa's development. The international financial institutions must stop their

Overview

How can African countries escape from marginalization, deepening impoverishment and state disintegration in the new era of globalization? Fantu Cheru draws on his experience of many different countries to argue for a way beyond the simple state-led versus market-driven approaches to Africa's development. The international financial institutions must stop their heavyhanded interventions and let countries decide their own development paths. African countries must work within the reality of globalization to renew democracy and improve governance; invest in education; revitalize agriculture, manage their cities, strengthen regional economic integration, and prevent yet more deadly conflicts. These require commonsense and non-dogmatic approaches, learning from local successes, entrepreneurship, and a new generation committed to a new kind of politics.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"...a welcome addition to the discussion on development in Africa...a good book for development studies scholars."--Valentine James, Journal of Sustainable Development

“A timely contribution to the debate on Africa's future in the age of globalization. In this penetrating analysis... this book is a must read for African policymakers, civil society leaders, and donor organizations.” —Carlos Lopes, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Development Policy, United Nations Development Program

“Despite gloomy predictions about Africa's future...Cheru argues that globalization can offer great opportunity for the continent, but only if African leaders are prepared to manage it carefully and with greater concern for empowering the poor.” —K.Y Amoako, Executive Secretary and Assistant Secretary, General United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

“Dr. Cheru...provide[s] an insightful evaluation of Africa's political and economic points of origin, as well as its desired Renaissance destination. Most importantly, [Cheru] offers clear directions for fellow travellers joining the fight against global apartheid!” —Salih Booker, Executive Director, Africa Action

Booknews
Arguing that globalization is an irreversible process and that the possibility of developing a counterhegemonic strategy to global neoliberalism is unthinkable, Cheru (School of International Service, The American U., Washington DC) suggests that globalization can best be navigated by African countries if they utilize the best of both state and market development approaches. Calling his recommended plan "a guided embrace of globalization," he explores how his mixed approach would work in the areas of renewing democracy, investing in education, revitalizing agricultural production, strengthening regional cooperation, and strengthening rural-urban interface. It is only after these hurdles are overcome that Africans can reap the benefits of globalization. A commitment to democracy and self- determination is necessary to resist the worst impacts of neoliberal globalization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781842770863
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 10.18(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Fantu Cheru is Professor at the School of International Service, The American University, Washington D.C.

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