Beyond the 'African Tragedy' Discourses on Development and the Global Economy
Well researched and insightful, this volume examines the historical and contemporary discourse on African development and the continent's place in the global economy. The chapters critically explore the roles played by various global and local social forces in the construction of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), offering critical insights on financing for development, the WTO and agriculture, ICTs and FDIs and the war on terrorism. NEPAD has been endorsed by the African Union, the Group of Eight and the United Nations System in order to address Africa's deficit through the forging of a global development partnership. This timely resource is suitable for students and policy makers concerned with development in the African post-colonies.
'As African policy-makers move from dependency models to challenging the North at its own game, this welcome introduction to the controversies of Africa's New Partnership for Economic Development constitutes a comprehensive overview of the new dialectics of African political economy. In so doing, its transcendence of the discourse of "tragedy" and the binaries of pessimism and optimism challenges the academic world to take a similar paradigmatic shift.' David Moore, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 'This book is a must-read for academics, NGOs, institutions, government officials and anyone wanting to understand the African moment and begin to imagine a different African future.' New Agenda