You are here

No. 10. Africa: Self-Inflicted Impoverishment?

Assis Malaquias

The author posits that Africa has yet to find appropriate responses to its mounting development challenges. As a result, the better life promised by independence has become an unattainable dream for many Africans who continue to endure wretchedly at the bottom of global human development scale indices. Although many of the development challenges confronting Africa have important external dimensions, many more are the result of serious weaknesses in African polities, economies and, more generally, societies. Therefore, solutions must be sought primarily in Africa and require determined efforts at various levels—from the individual to the continental—to realize the continent’s depressed development potential. This monograph looks carefully at developmental impediments posed by instability and Africa’s inability to overcome them through ill-adapted, imported development models. It also discusses how the dynamics of globalization are compounding Africa’s crises. Finally, the monograph offers some solutions for repairing African polities and economies.

Assis Malaquias is Associate Dean of International and Intercultural Studies and Associate Professor of Government at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He is also Associate Professor Extraordinaire of Political Studies at the University of Western Cape in South Africa. He has many publications to his credit, including Rebels and Robbers: Violence in Post-Colonia Angola (Uppsala: Nordic Africa Institute 2006).

IAD Fall 2007, No. 10, 37 pages, 978-0-9802223-0-2; 0-9802223-0-3, $10