This handbook presents an extensive new overview of African development – past, present and future. It addresses key core themes and topics that are pertinent to the continent’s development – including sections on history, health and food, politics, economics, rural and urban development, and development policy and practice.
The volume draws on the expertise of over 60 of the world’s leading scholars to provide a detailed and up-to-date analysis of the key opportunities and challenges that confront Africa, and how such issues are being addressed. Arranged by key themes, the handbook provides not only a historical understanding of the past, but also political perspectives on the future. The chapters provide critically informed analyses of their topics by drawing upon the latest conceptual viewpoints and applied experiences in Africa in the form of case studies to offer a comprehensive examination of the opportunities, challenges, key debates and future prospects.
This handbook is an invaluable state-of-the-art overview and reference concerning many different aspects of Africa’s development, which will be of interest to academics in all fields of African studies, and also academics and students working in cognate disciplines such as development studies, geography, history, politics and economics.
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Introduction and context
Tony Binns, Etienne Nel and Kenneth Lynch
2 African perspectives on development
3 The African idea of development
Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni
4 Colonial Africa
5 Post-independence Africa: challenges and opportunities
Tanya Lyons and David Jolley
6 Demographic characteristics, migration and employment-seeking behaviour: a case study of Ghana
Joseph K. Assan, Dinar D. Kharisma and Afia A. Adaboh
7 Gender and development in Africa: a 50-year journey from women in development to gender justice
8 Inequality in Africa
Ben Page and Claire Mercer
12 Health challenges
13 The African HIV/AIDS epidemic: is the end in sight?
14 Food insecurity and famine
15 Access to essential medicines in Africa
16 Water resources and development
18 Conservation and people
19 Ecosystem services in Africa
Rebecca Kariuki, Rob Marchant and Simon Willcock
20 African development: ‘Hopeless Africa’, ‘Africa Rising’, or somewhere in between?
Tony Binns and Etienne Nel
21 Regional integration
22 The Millennium Development Goals
23 Africa’s natural resource corner and BRICS
24 Aid and debt
25 Faith in development in sub-Saharan Africa
Emma Tomalin and Adriaan van Klinken
26 Land tenure
Jon D. Unruh
27 Deagrarianisation and depeasantisation in Africa
Deborah Fahy Bryceson
28 Rural development
Simon Milligan and Sam Kareithi
29 Rural marketing in sub-Saharan Africa: some current issues
30 Rural–urban interaction and development in Africa
31 The politics of urban management and planning in African cities
Andrea Rigon, Joseph M. Macarthy, Braima Koroma and Alexandre Apsan Frediani
32 Housing in Africa
33 Perspectives on urban employment in Africa: the case of informal solid waste management in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
34 Food security in African cities: linking urban food production with good urban governance
35 The future and Africa’s cities
36 Africa’s extreme uneven development worsens during global economic turmoil
37 Financial sector development, foreign direct investment and economic growth in Africa
40 Supporting the SMME economy of sub-Saharan Africa: a role for business incubation
Christian M. Rogerson
41 Africa’s tourism economy: uneven progress and challenges
Christian M. Rogerson and Jayne M. Rogerson
43 Land-grabbing in Africa
Simon Batterbury and Frankline Ndi
44 The economics of and prospects for China’s Africa return
Lauren A. Johnston
Political perspectives on Africa’s development
45 Government: African development beyond ‘good governance’
46 Conflict and post-conflict
47 Human rights in Africa: impasse, backsliding, or forwards?
48 The International Criminal Court in Africa
50 Conclusion: looking forward
Tony Binns, Etienne Nel and Kenneth Lynch
Tony Binns is Ron Lister Professor of Geography at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and Visiting Professorial Fellow in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
Kenneth Lynch is a Reader in Geography in the School of Natural and Social Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire, UK.
Etienne Nel is a Professor of Geography at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and Visiting Research Fellow, College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
"This Handbook represents a distinctively authoritative compendium of expertise addressing contemporary Africa. Attention focuses on the diverse conditions prevailing today, explanations of how they have arisen and are understood in theoretical and practical terms, and what future prospects are likely to hold. The attention to African perspectives, often distinguished from those of outsiders, as manifest in most development theory, international policy discourse and policy, is particularly welcome. The essays are clearly written and will provide an invaluable guide to those wishing to understand Africa and its place in the world." - David Simon, Director of Mistra Urban Futures, Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden and Professor of Development Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK