Contemporary Africa's Growth and Development: Issues, Paradox and Solutions

Contemporary Africa's Growth and Development: Issues, Paradox and Solutions

by Agyemang Attah-Poku


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This book examines the various factors that have influenced the growth and development process of contemporary Africa. After discussing and weighing the schools of thought that have attempted to explain the paradox of Africa's reduced growth and development in the midst of abundant resources, this volume comes up with comprehensive and detailed suggestions and recommendations to address this painful experience. This book consistently states that the average Africans, forming the overwhelming majority of the African population, are the least, if at all, to be blamed for the paradox; but rather the African leadership and its external cronies are to be fully blamed. Contemporary Africa's Growth and Development seeks a solution to the African growth and development puzzle in proper allocation and oversight of resources, vision, perseverance, courage, corruption-free and good governance, as well as concrete, provable, solid, and genuine unity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761860327
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 02/16/2013
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Agyemang Attah-Poku is a distinguished professor at the State University of New York’s Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. He has taught in Ghana as well as at several institutions in the U.S.A, such as the University at Albany, Adelphi University, State University of New York’s College at Old Westbury, College of Saint Rose and the Russell Sage College, both at Albany. He has written five books. He holds bachelors, two masters, and doctorate degrees. Attah-Poku is an excellent scholar, teacher, author, planner, historian, political economist, poet, humanist, and strong believer in a collective human family.

Table of Contents

List of Figures Preface Acknowledgements Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Explanatory Theories of the Growth and Development Paradox Chapter 3 Untapped and Tapped Natural and Human Resources in Africa Chapter 4 The African Economic Picture Chapter 5 Political Instability Chapter 6 Contemporary African Political Leadership Chapter 7 Recommendations and Suggestions to Address Africa's Paradox Bibliography Index

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