Western ideas, worldviews, actors, tools, models, and frameworks have long dominated development theory and practice in Africa. The resulting development interventions are too rarely locally rooted, locally driven, or resonant with local context. At the same time, theories and practices from developing countries rarely travel to the Western agencies dominating development, undermining the possibility of a beneficial synergy that could be obtained from the best of both worlds. There are many reasons why the experiences of locally driven development are not communicated back to global development actors, including, but not limited to, the marginal role of Southern voices in global forums.
This volume gives a platform to authentic African voices and non-African collaborators, to explore what endogenous development means, how it can be implemented, and how an endogenous development approach can shape local, national and global policies. This book was originally published as a special issue of Development in Practice.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction – Endogenous development: naïve romanticism or practical route to sustainable African development? Chiku Malunga and Susan H. Holcombe
Part I: Defining endogenous development
2. Identifying and understanding African norms and values that support endogenous development in Africa Chiku Malunga
3. Endogenous development: some issues of concern David Millar
4. African family values in a globalised world: the speed and intensity of change in post-colonial Africa Charles Banda
Part II: Endogenous development in practice
5. African philanthropy, pan-Africanism, and Africa’s development Bhekinkosi Moyo and Katiana Ramsamy
6. Wiki approaches to wicked problems: considering African traditions in innovative collaborative approaches Dawn S. Booker
7. Using Rwandan traditions to strengthen programme and policy implementation Angélique K. Rwiyereka
8. Lessons of endogenous leadership in Nigeria: innovating to reduce waste and raise incomes in the cassava processing and goat-keeping systems Danielle Fuller-Wimbush and Kolawole Adebayo
9. Centring African culture in water, sanitation, and hygiene development praxis in Ghana: a case for endogenous development Afia S. Zakiya
10. Endogenous development in Somalia: bridging the gap between traditional and Western implementation methodologies Ariel Delaney
11. Water tariff conflict resolution through indigenous participation in tri-water sector partnerships: Dalun cluster communities in northern Ghana Sylvester Zackaria Galaa and Francis Issahaku Malongza Bukari
12. Endogenous African governance systems: what roles do women play in rural Malawi? Chimwemwe A.P.S. Msukwa and Marion Keim-Lees
13. Putting endogenous development into practice Nathalie Tinguery
Part III: Endogenous development in a globalised world
14. Donors and exogenous versus endogenous development Susan H. Holcombe
15. Indigenous languages and Africa’s development dilemma Mariama Khan
Part IV: Moving forward with endogenous development
16. Endogenous development going forward: learning and action Chiku Malunga and Susan H. Holcombe
Chiku Malunga is an Organizational Paremiologist. He works with Civil Society Organizations as an Organization Development Practitioner, using African Indigenous Wisdom in African Proverbs and Folktales to transform development management.
Susan Holcombe has worked with Oxfam America and several United Nations organizations, and has taught sustainable development at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA. Her career ranges from on the ground experience in Africa and Asia, to teaching and research.