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Eastern and Southern Africa

Development Challenges in a volatile region, 1st Edition

By Debby Potts, T.A.S. Bowyer-Bower


408 pages

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A unique and comprehensive introduction to contemporary development issues in East and Southern Africa, and represents a significant departure from the often descriptive approach adopted by existing regional and development texts on African regions. Each contribution is carefully chosen to highlight the theoretical basis to development issues, and the practical problems of implementing development plans, in this vital subregion. Overall this produces comprehensive and balanced coverage of historical, economic, political and social issues. The twin issues of globalisation and modernisation give the book a clear focus.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Development Challenges and Debates in East and Southern Africa by

Deborah Potts


Eastern and Southern Africa: defining a diverse region

Global Political Economy Changes: regional perspectives

Development challenges in the region

Development theory and development debates Chapter 2: Demographic Change in East and Southern Africa by Akim Mturi Introduction


Age-Sex Structure

Family Structure

Concluding Remarks

Chapter 3: Structural Adjustment in Eastern and Southern Africa: the Tragedy of Development by Colin Stoneman

False Dawn: A Brief History of the First Two Decades Triumph of Market-Leninism over Marxist-Leninism

Stabilisation or Adjustment? A Taxonomy of Countries in the Region


Chapter 4: The Persistence Of Poverty by Anthony O’Connor Poverty in Context Poverty Measurement Poverty Trends Food and Hunger

Health Care


The Debt Issue Conclusions

Chapter 5 Natural Resources: Use, Access, Tenure and Management by Sian Sullivan and Katherine Homewood

‘Wild’ plant and animal resources: biophysical determinants of availability

Common uses of ‘natural resources’ and relevance for livelihoods

Tenure and access rights

Indigenous Knowledge, Resources and Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Conservation of natural resources: from criminals to community

Some thoughts for the future

Chapter 6 Agricultural Production in Eastern and Southern Africa: Issues and Challenges by John Briggs

The Current Status of Agricultural Production

Macro-environmental Operating Conditions For Agriculture

Population growth The Political Economy Environment

Microenvironmental Operating Conditions for Agriculture

Future Prospects

Chapter 7 Water Resources and Development Challenges in Eastern and Southern Africa by Richard Taylor

Physical Setting

Estimation of Renewable Water Resources

Use of Water Resources Supply And Demand - the Water Stress Index

Quality of water resources

Hydropolitics of Transboundary Watercourses

Alleviating Water Scarcity - Interbasin Water Transfers and ‘Virtual Water’

Concluding Discussion - Future Challenges

Chapter 8 Desertification in Eastern and Southern Africa by T A S Bowyer-Bower


Developments in the Understanding of Desertification Desertification Today

Contemporary Implications of Desertification for Development in Eastern and Southern Africa Causes of Desertification Conclusion

Chapter 9 Geographies of Governance and Regional Politics by Marcus Power Introduction: Geographical analysis and African politics

Key themes and issues in national, regional and international (geo)politics

States and regional (dis)integration: imagining ‘development’ communities

Democratisation and conflict resolution in global political and economic context Conclusions: Co-operation, Corruption and Complexity in African politics Chapter 10 International and regional trade in eastern and southern Africa by Richard Gibb

Peripherality in the World Economy

The European Connection (Regional) Economic Partnership Agreements Conclusion Chapter 11 Regional Urbanisation and Urban Livelihoods in the Context of Globalisation by Deborah Potts Introduction

Urban Growth in eastern and southern Africa

Urban Livelihoods in Eastern and Southern Africa Urban Services: the Example of Housing

Conclusion Chapter 12 Conclusion by T A S Bowyer-Bower and Deborah Potts

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography