Problems Facing Contemporary Africa and Viable Strategies for Redress

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Overviews Africa's socio-economic problems and development prospects in the 21st century, and offers recommendations for solving problems and encouraging development. Examines the issue of political leadership and corruption, then discusses social challenges and economic issues facing the continent in areas such as war and ethnic conflict, environmental degradation, privatization, and debt, and looks at what can be revived from African traditions to improve modern conditions. Of interest to students of African development studies, policy makers, and business executives in Africa and those wishing to invest in Africa. Houngnikpo is visiting professor of international studies at Miami University of Ohio. Kyambalesa is a consultant in business management based in Denver. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Preface xiii
1 Political Issues and Challenges 1
1.1 The African Leadership Problematique 1
Political Leadership in Theory 2
Importance of Good Leadership 5
Followers without Leaders 6
Governing with Neither Vision Nor Compass 7
1.2 The Scourge of Corruption 9
Public versus Private Spheres 10
Corruption as the Gangrene 12
1.3 Fading of African Nationalism 12
1.4 Governing in the 21st Century 14
Good Governance 15
Democratic Ideals 16
Transition to Democracy 18
New Breed of Leaders 19
Vibrant Civil Society 22
Role of the Military 23
Limited Government 32
2 Social Issues and Challenges 37
2.1 Chaotic Health Care Systems 38
2.2 Inadequate Educational Systems 39
Government Initiatives 42
The Private Sector 44
2.3 Overcrowded and Forlorn Cities 45
2.4 Wars and Ethnic Conflicts 47
2.5 Ailments and Droughts 49
2.6 Environmental Degradation 50
Finite Natural Resources 51
Natural Resource Wasting 52
Environmental Pollution 53
Caring for the Environment 58
3 Economic Issues and Challenges 63
3.1 Trade Theory and Strategy 63
Importance of Trade 63
Theories of Trade 64
Trade in the 21st Century 79
3.2 The Quest for Investment 89
Necessity of Investment 90
The Contravening Factors 93
Redressing the Situation 103
3.3 Privatization Program 127
Choice of Sectors 128
Pace of Privatization 129
3.4 Structural Adjustments 130
Inconsistent SAPs 131
Similarity of SAPs 132
Asymmetry of Adjustments 133
SAPs with a Human Face 133
3.5 The External Debt Burden 134
Genesis of the Problem 135
Effects of the Debt Crisis 138
Resolution of the Problem 140
Recent Initiatives 148
4 Back to Cherished African Values 151
4.1 Dignity and Hard Work 152
4.2 Upholding Human Rights 154
4.3 Protecting Civil Rights 158
4.4 Righting the Wrongs 161
5 A Summing Up 165
5.1 The Themes Explored 165
5.2 Whither Africa? 166
5.3 A Final Word 167
Endnotes 168
Bibliography 191
Index 209
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