The Challenge for Africa

The Challenge for Africa

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by Wangari Maathai
     
 

The troubles of Africa today are severe and wideranging. Yet, too often, they are portrayed by the media in extreme terms connoting poverty, dependence, and desperation. Here Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, offers a refreshingly unique perspective on these challenges, even as she calls for a moral revolution among

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The troubles of Africa today are severe and wideranging. Yet, too often, they are portrayed by the media in extreme terms connoting poverty, dependence, and desperation. Here Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, offers a refreshingly unique perspective on these challenges, even as she calls for a moral revolution among Africans themselves.

Illuminating the complex and dynamic nature of the continent, Maathai 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.

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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