The Challenge for Africa

The Challenge for Africa

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by Wangari Maathai
     
 

Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, offers a refreshingly unique perspective on the challenges facing Africa, even as she calls for a moral revolution among Africans themselves, who, she argues, are culturally deracinated, adrift between worlds.

The troubles of Africa today are severe and wide-ranging. Yet

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Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, offers a refreshingly unique perspective on the challenges facing Africa, even as she calls for a moral revolution among Africans themselves, who, she argues, are culturally deracinated, adrift between worlds.

The troubles of Africa today are severe and wide-ranging. Yet what we see of them in the media, more often than not, are tableaux vivantes connoting poverty, dependence, and desperation. Wangari Maathai presents a different vision, informed by her three decades as an environmental activist and campaigner for democracy. She illuminates the complex and dynamic nature of the continent, and offers “hardheaded hope” and “realistic options” for change and improvement. With clarity of expression, Maathai analyzes the most egregious “bottlenecks to development in Africa,” occurring at the international, national, and individual levels–cultural upheaval and enduring poverty among them–and deftly describes what Africans can and need to do for themselves, stressing all the while responsibility and accountability.

Impassioned and empathetic, The Challenge for Africa is a book of immense importance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307377401
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/07/2009
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: On the Wrong Bus 3

1 The Farmer of Yaoundé 9

2 A Legacy of Woes 25

3 Pillars of Good Governance: The Three-Legged Stool 48

4 Aid and the Dependency Syndrome 63

5 Deficits: Indebtedness and Unfair Trade 83

6 Leadership 111

7 Moving the Social Machine 129

8 Culture: The Missing Link" 160

9 The Crisis of National Identity 184

10 Embracing the Micro-nations 211

11 Land Ownership: Whose Land Is it, Anyway" 227

12 Environment and Development 239

13 Saving the Congo Forests 260

14 The African Family 274

Acknowledgments 291

Notes 293

Select Bibliography 303

Index 305

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