1st Edition

From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals
Rethinking African Development

ISBN 9781032096568
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
196 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

USD $48.95

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Book Description

Millennium development goals (MDGs) and sustainable development goals (SDGs) have significant implications for global development, in particular for African countries. This book seeks to assist Africa’s policy makers and political leaders, MNCs and NGOs, plus its increasingly heterogeneous media landscape, to understand and better respond or negotiate the evolving development environment of the 21st century.

In this collection of nuanced essays, the contributors interrogate the relationship between the MDGs and SDGs in key areas of African development to enhance our understanding and knowledge of the evolving nature of development. They address issues of governance, agriculture, south-south cooperation in a context of foreign aid, natural resource governance and sustainable development, export diversification and economic growth as well as emerging topics such as the internet of things or the sharing economy, climate change, conflict and non-traditional security. The varied, yet interlinked foci present a holistic overview of Africa’s development aspirations, and ability to transform the SDGs’ universal aspirations into local realities.

This book will be of use to academics and students in Development Studies, Contemporary African Studies, Political Science, Policy Studies and Geography, and should also appeal to policy makers and development practitioners.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – MDGs to SDGs: African Development Challenges and Prospects

Korbla P. Puplampu, Kobena T. Hanson, & Timothy M. Shaw

Chapter 2 – The African State and Development Initiatives: The Role of Good Governance in the Realization of the MDGs and SDGs

Peter K. Arthur

Chapter 3 – Conflict and Sustainable Development Goals in Africa

Damilohun D. Ayoyo & Temitope Oriola

Chapter 4 – From MDGs to SDGs: The Policy and Institutional Dynamics of African Agriculture

Korbla P. Puplampu & George O. Essegbey

Chapter 5 – South-South Cooperation, SDGs, and Africa’s development: A Study of China’s Development Intervention in Ghana

Isaac Odoom

Chapter 6 – Natural Resource Governance & Sustainable Development in Africa: Are We There Yet?

Korbla P. Puplampu & Kobena T. Hanson

Chapter 7 – Does the Sophistication of Exports matter in Sustaining Growth in Middle-income African Countries?

Vanessa T. Tang

Chapter 8 – The Internet of Things and Sharing Economy: Harnessing the Possibilities for Africa’s Sustainable Development Goals

Kobena T. Hanson & Korbla P. Puplampu

Chapter 9 – Environment and Climate Change in Africa in an Era of Sustainable Development Goals

Abbi M. Kedir

Chapter 10 – Crystalizing Africa Rising Narrative with Sustainable Development

Kobena T. Hanson, Korbla P. Puplampu, & Timothy M. Shaw

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Kobena T. Hanson is CEO of Strategic Outlooks, a research consultancy & advisory firm in Ghana, and a Knowledge Management Consultant to African Development Bank (AfDB).

Korbla P. Puplampu is in the Department of Sociology at Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton, Canada.

Timothy M. Shaw is Faculty Fellow, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; McCormack Graduate School, UMB.


"In exploring the international development community’s expanded the focus from MDGs to SDGs, this timely and well-written book offers a refreshing look at the synergies between the SDGs and Africa’s own development agenda and stresses the critical role that African leaders can play in achieving the SDGs." - Francis Owusu, Professorand Chair of the Department of Community & Regional Planning, Iowa State University.

"As an African researcher and educationist who lives on the continent, I believe "From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals" will be a point of reference for many years to come. The book is a brilliant piece of work in which the informed contributors give great thoughts for Africa’s positive way forward. It suggests practices that will shape the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals in Africa and brings unimaginable prospects in Africa closer in time and space. I highly recommend this comprehensive and well-reasoned contribution to the world." - Professor Hany Besada, Deputy Executive Director, Diamond Development Initiative.