In 2001 NEPAD - the New Partnership for Africa's Development - was launched by South African President Thabo Mbeke and Abdoulaye Wade, President of Senegal. Its founding assumption was that African governments had to take much more responsibility for their economic, political and social policy if real development were to be achieved.
African Development Challenges in the New Millennium is the first major attempt by African scholars and policy makers to evaluate the meaning of NEPAD in concrete terms. The authors raise key questions about NEPAD's ability to integrate Africa with the global economy, to overcome the challenge of poverty, and to bring about regional development. The book also addresses what NEPAD means for agriculture, industrialization, trade and the 'digital divide'.
This is an important contribution to our understanding of NEPAD, why it has already run into extensive criticism, and the prospects for a new, more positive chapter in Africa's development.
Jimi Adesina is Professor of Sociology at Rhodes University in South Africa. He has previously taught and studied at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and the University of Warwick. He is a member of the Executive Committee of CODESRIA. Yao Graham is coordinator of the Third World Network - Africa, a pan-African research and advocacy organization based in Ghana. Adebayo Olukoshi is Executive Secretary of CODESRIA. He has formerly served as Director of Research at the Nigerian Institute of Institutional Affairs.
Preface - Yao Graham and Adebayo Olukoshi Introduction - Jimi Adesina, Yao Graham, Adebayo Olukoshi Part I: NEPAD: the debate 1. Development and the Challenge of Poverty - J. Adesina, 2. The New Partnership for Africa's Development and the Global Political Economy - Ian Taylor 3. NEPAD and its critics - Eddy Maloka Part II: Sectoral Challenges 4. Africa's Agrarian Transformation: the efficacy of the NEPAD agricultural strategy - Sam Moyo 5. Industrialisation of Africa: a new approach - Sekou Sangare 6. Character and Role of Trade within NEPAD: Critical Challenges and Questions - Dot Keet 7. Confronting the digital divide: an interrogation of African initiatives - Y.Z. Yau 8. NEPAD in the Twenty-first Century: An Answer to the Educational, Cultural and Scientific Challenges? - Tayeb Chenntouf Part III: Financing Africa's Development 9. NEPAD, Gender and the Poverty Trap: The Challenges of financing for Development in Africa from a Gender Perspective - Zo Randriamaro 10. Can African Institutions Finance African Development? Evidence from the ECOWAS Fund - Chibuike Uche 11. Financing Africa's Development: Can Aid Dependence Be Avoided? - Kwasi Anyemedu