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Security, Education and Development in Contemporary Africa

1st Edition

Edited by M. Raymond Izarali, Oliver Masakure, Edward Shizha


252 pages

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This volume delineates the critical link among security, education and development in Africa and provides a multidisciplinary framework of analyses and possible solutions. Africa has had a long history that embodies layers of mass-scale criminality and exploitation not merely from neocolonial and apartheid policies but also from political greed. This has impacted adversely on security, education and development in a way that deprivation of education and underdevelopment, in turn, re-creates security issues.

The volume aims firstly to help augment scholarly inquiry into the nexus among in/security, education and development through the multidisciplinary framework of analyses; secondly to provide policymakers and educators with tools and a framework to comprehend the complexity and magnitude of the issues to which they ought to be sensitive and respond; and finally to provide caregivers and childcare agencies of the state a comprehensible framework of underlying, multifaceted sources of trauma experienced by children in extraordinary circumstances. It is organized in four sections: theoretical conceptualization on security and development; country cases on security and development; security and educational development; and country cases on security and education. 

Serving as a significant compass to understand and respond to the complex interplay and impact of security, education and development in Africa, it is of great use to graduates and scholars interested in Africa Politics, IPE, security studies and development studies.


'This is a timely book that immediately and critically responds to the missing links between security, education and social development in the Sub-Saharan African context. It effectively achieves important analytical and selectively pragmatizable perspectives on some of the most pressing issues currently affecting the sub-continent including chronic conflict, human trafficking, gender-based violence and possibilities for peace building. It will benefit students and specialized scholars, policy makers and the general public.' - Ali A. Abdi, Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada

'This chef d’oeuvre is a remarkable addition to the existing scholarship on the African continent inasmuch as it contemplates newer ways of coping with the traumatic conflicts and insecurities of the past and present times. The authors set up new blueprints for a better and safer Africa, and by extension a safer world. Students of African history and African decision-makers should appropriate the conclusions from this book.' - Dr. Siendou Ahmadou Konate, Associate Professor of African and American Studies. Editor-in-Chief, Ivorian Journal of Comparative Studies (IJCS) Felix Houphouet-Boigny University, Cote d’Ivoire

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Conceptualising Africa’s Realities in the 21st Century: The Security – Education – Development Nexus

[M. Raymond Izarali, Oliver Masakure and Edward Shizha]


1. Criminological Perspectives on African Security

[Declan Ihekwoaba Onwudiwe]

2. Policing Inconsequence in Africa: Towards a Theory of Government Indifference to Citizenship and Insecurity

[Kingsley Ejiogu]

3. From Fragility to Resilience: Social Enterprise at the Nexus of Conflict and Development in Africa

[Joanne Benham Rennick and Timothy Donnais]


1. Insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Militarised politics, Predatory Governance and Neoliberal Development

[Maritza Felices-Luna]

2. Impact of Piracy on Somalia: Society, Economy and State-Building

[Afyare Elmi, Said Mohamed and Ladan Affi]

The Gender Dimensions of Insecurity in Mauritius

[Ramola Ramtohul]


1. Impact of Civil Conflict/ War on Children’s Rights to Education in Africa

[Edward Shizha]

2. Human Trafficking and Education in Africa

[Oliver Masakure]

3. How Civil Conflict and Gender-Based Violence Affect the Education of Women in Africa

[Efiritha Chauraya and Oliver Masakure]


1. Challenges in Curriculum and Language of Instructions in Post-conflict Somalia- A Case Study

[Abdullahi Hussein]

2. Insecurity and Education System in a Developmental State: A Tale of South Africa’s Post 1994 Democratic Breakthrough

[Frank Gadiwele Lekaba and Palesa Sekhejane]

3. Reconstructing Education in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone

[Grace Pai]

4. The Paradoxes of Peace Education During Escalating Conflict: Nigeria’s Sesame Square

[Naomi Moland]

14. CONCLUSION: Looking Ahead: The Convergence of Realities of Security, Education, and Development in Africa

[M. Raymond Izarali]

About the Editors

M. Raymond Izarali is Associate Professor of Criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Oliver Masakure is Associate Professor in Business Technology Management, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Edward Shizha is Associate Professor of Society, Culture and Environment & Youth and Children’s Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

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The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series

The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series
The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series presents innovative analyses of a range of novel regional relations and institutions. Going beyond established, formal, interstate economic organizations, this essential series provides informed interdisciplinary and international research and debate about myriad heterogeneous intermediate-level interactions. Reflective of its cosmopolitan and creative orientation, this series is developed by an international editorial team of established and emerging scholars in both the South and North. It reinforces ongoing networks of analysts in both academia and think-tanks as well as international agencies concerned with micro-, meso- and macro-level regionalisms.

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