Shaping a New Africa

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Shaping a New Africa contributes to the ongoing debate on shaping a new Africa, which was initiated in the Netherlands in 2002 for the purpose of gaining more profound and realistic knowledge of the dynamics of shaping contemporary Africa. This has been accomplished by highlighting and stimulating discussion on the other side of Africa–a viable Africa rich in natural resources with ample capacity on the ground, striving to find African solutions to African problems; a vibrant Africa where significant progress has...

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Overview

Shaping a New Africa contributes to the ongoing debate on shaping a new Africa, which was initiated in the Netherlands in 2002 for the purpose of gaining more profound and realistic knowledge of the dynamics of shaping contemporary Africa. This has been accomplished by highlighting and stimulating discussion on the other side of Africa–a viable Africa rich in natural resources with ample capacity on the ground, striving to find African solutions to African problems; a vibrant Africa where significant progress has been made, new initiatives are being promoted and issues, struggles and challenges are addressed and discussed, and where attempts are undertaken to find solutions from within the continent itself.

With contributions from academics of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD): Vasu Gounden, Karanja Mbugua and Venashri Pillay; Mohamed Chérif DIARRA, staff member of the Council for the Development of Social Sciences Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and Bolade M. Eyinla (University of Ilorin, Nigeria). Edited by Abdullah A. Mohamoud (SAHAN).

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This brief book comes out of the experiences of the African diaspora in the Netherlands. Three of the six chapters were written by the editor, the executive director of the African Diaspora Policy Center (ADPC), founded in Amsterdam in 2006. Editor Mohamoud indicates in his introductory chapter that a key purpose of the book, the product of a multi NGO-sponsored project, is to stimulate a two-way exchange of ideas and insights about African development, making sure to include positive experiences, since much of the Dutch discussion dealing with the topic in recent years has been of the gloom-and-doom variety. Chapters, notably all written by African authors, discuss African conflict resolution efforts, democratization and good governance projects, and the role of education in developing African human capital (calling for more attention to vocational and technical education), plus two chapters dealing with the actual and potential role of the African diaspora in Europe, mainly in the Netherlands. While the book has some useful information, especially in the diaspora-centered sections, its European focus will limit its appeal to broader audiences. Summing Up: Optional. Graduate students through practitioners.-C. W. Hartwwig, Arkansas State University
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This brief book comes out of the experiences of the African diaspora in the Netherlands. Three of the six chapters were written by the editor, the executive director of the African Diaspora Policy Center (ADPC), founded in Amsterdam in 2006. Editor Mohamoud indicates in his introductory chapter that a key purpose of the book, the product of a multi NGO-sponsored project, is to stimulate a two-way exchange of ideas and insights about African development, making sure to include positive experiences, since much of the Dutch discussion dealing with the topic in recent years has been of the gloom-and-doom variety. Chapters, notably all written by African authors, discuss African conflict resolution efforts, democratization and good governance projects, and the role of education in developing African human capital (calling for more attention to vocational and technical education), plus two chapters dealing with the actual and potential role of the African diaspora in Europe, mainly in the Netherlands. While the book has some useful information, especially in the diaspora-centered sections, its European focus will limit its appeal to broader audiences. Summing Up: Optional. Graduate students through practitioners.-C. W. Hartwwig, Arkansas State University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789068325836
  • Publisher: KIT (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Abdullah A. Mohamoud

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Acknowledgements; 1) Brief Theoretical Background and Charting of Alternative Perspectives—Abdullah A. Mohamoud; 2) African Solutions for African Conflicts: Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding in Africa—Vasu Gounden, Venashri Pillay and Karanja Mbugua; 3) Democratisation and Governance in Africa—Bolade M. Eyinla; 4) Education and Human Capital Development—Mohammed Chérif Diarra; 5) Critical Voices From the African Diaspora in the Netherlands—Abdullah A. Mohamoud; 6) Diaspora and Development—Abdullah A. Mohamoud.

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