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The Cornell Institute for African Development is a major location of academic and policy discourse on Africa. A wide ranging program of conferences, topical seminars, and lectures provides an abundance of pertinent scholarly work on Africa. IAD publishes scholarly books including conference volumes, many as part of a book series published in collaboration with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The IAD/CSP Book Series makes these materials available to a much wider community. IAD also publishes an occasional paper series and our flagship newsletter, Africa Notes.


Triggers of Election Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Perspective
Triggers of Election Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Perspective

By Andreu Solà-Martín

In the face of recurrent episodes of election violence since multiparty elections were widely introduced across sub-Saharan Africa in the 1990s, practitioners and scholars have worked to draw attention to this phenomenon, and to understand its causes and develop prevention strategies and coping mechanisms. Every year, election observation missions generate substantial documentary evidence, which is rarely analysed systematically.

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Contemporary Customary Land Issues in Africa: Navigating the Contours of Change
Contemporary Customary Land Issues in Africa: Navigating the Contours of Change

Edited by Horman CHITONGE and Bridget BWALYA UMAR

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2018

This book examines the different dimensions of converting customary land into leasehold, including the impact of this practice on rural livelihoods and land tenure in Zambia. Since the 1995 passage of Land Act No. 29, conversion of customary land has become a controversial policy in Zambia. The practice generates challenges and opportunities: issues related to the future of customary land, the role of traditional authorities in this changing rural setting, intricate politics and gender dynamics, and the question of whether this practice is creating a viable land market in rural areas.

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Financing Innovation and Sustainable Development in Africa
Financing Innovation and Sustainable Development in Africa

Edited by Muna Ndulo and Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2018

This book derives from a symposium held at Cornell University in April 2014. The symposium explored development financing, which has become an important area of policy discussion in Africa and other developing areas in recent years. Using multifaceted and multidisciplinary analytical approaches, it considers the role of the banking system, the stock market, credit access, external aid, and sovereign wealth funds in the evolving development finance architecture. Further, the volume looks at China’s role as an aid donor, the impact of BRICs partnerships in South Africa, the role of NEPAD in mobilizing resources for infrastructure development, and the links between law, trade, and regional integration. The study concurs with previous analyses that greater access to credit by the poor represents the most effective way of fighting poverty and raising the standards of living in Africa. Cornell’s Institute for African Development and the African Development Bank were cosponsors of the 2014 symposium.

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When Courts Do Politics: Public Interest Law and Litigation in East Africa
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Joe Oloka-Onyango

Cambridge University Press 2017

Using the phenomenon of public interest litigation (PIL) as the primary focus of analysis, this book explores the manner in which the judicial branch of government in the three East African states of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda has engaged with questions traditionally off-limits to adjudication and court-based resolution. It is rooted in an incisive investigation of the history of politics and governance in the sub-region, accompanied by an extensive repertoire of judicial decisions. It also provides a critical and informative account of the manner in which courts of law have engaged with State power in a bid to alternatively deliver or subvert justice to the socially marginalized and the politically victimized.

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Poverty Reduction in the Course of African Development
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An edited volume based on papers presented at an IAD symposium, the book honors the work of Erik Thorbecke, H.E. Babcock Professor of Economics, for his lifetime achievements on poverty reduction, especially in Africa.

In light of the opportunities and the challenges facing African economies in the 21st century, the volume traces the evolution of poverty in the course of economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. By engaging with, and seeking to develop on, the work of Professor Erik Thorbecke, it examines the evolving dynamics of poverty in multiple dimensions. It also discusses how to lay down foundations for improved governance and institutions that will realize inclusive development in sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, the volume contributes to our understanding of dynamics of pro-poor growth and pro-growth poverty reduction, and to the on-going policy and academic debates on how to overcome fragility and vulnerability and secure inclusive development through socio-economic transformation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Machiko Nissanke is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She previously worked at the University of Oxford, Birkbeck College, and University College London.

Muna Ndulo is Professor of Law and Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Director of the Leo and Arvilla Berger International Legal Studies Program at Cornell Law School, and Director of Cornell University's Institute for African Development. He is also Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town and Extra Ordinary Professor of Law at Free State University.

Oxford University Press 2017, 360 pages, 978-0-19-879769-2

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Growing Democracy in Africa: Elections, Accountable Governance, and Political Economy

Edited by Muna NDULO and Mamoudou GAZIBO

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2016

What is the state of governance in sub-Saharan Africa? Is it possible to identify best practices and approaches to establishing political systems that promote accountability, transparency, peace, and civic space to all? These are the questions addressed in this book.

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Problems, Promises, and Paradoxes of Aid: Africa's Experience
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Edited by Muna NDULO and Nicolas VAN DE WALLE

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014

This book is an anthology of essays contributing new scholarship to the contemporary aid discourse. It provides an interdisciplinary investigation of the role of aid in African development, compiling the work of historians, political scientists, legal scholars, and economists to examine where aid has failed and to offer new perspectives on how aid can be made more effective.

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Towards Impact and Resilience: Transformative Change in and through Agricultural Education and Training in Sub-Saharan Africa

Edited by Frans Swanepoel, Zenda Ofir, and Aldo Stroebel

This book, consisting of 17 chapters, focuses on clarifying the challenges, issues, and priorities of Agricultural Education and Training (AET) in sub-Saharan Africa and provides suggestions for practical solutions that can help guide organisations interested in furthering AET for agricultural development on the continent. The book discusses the African context within which a transformed AET system needs to be located; analyses African and international experiences that are relevant to identified AET needs and challenges; dissects AET models that may hold important lessons; and addresses the main critical issues that will impact AET in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

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The Food and Financial Crises in Sub-Saharan Africa: Origins, Impacts, and Policy Implications

Edited by David R. LEE and Muna NDULO

CABI 2011

Dramatic increases in food prices, as witnessed on a global scale in recent years, threaten the food security of hundreds of millions of the rural poor in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. This book, the result of a symposium hosted by IAD in 2009, focuses on recent food and financial crises as they have affected Africa, illustrating the problems using country case studies that cover their origins, effects on agriculture and rural poverty, and underlying factors. The volume also makes recommendations as to how such crises could best be addressed in the future.

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Failed and Failing States: The Challenges to African Reconstruction
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Edited by Muna NDULO and Margaret GRIECO

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2010

State collapse is one of the major threats to peace, stability, and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa today. According to Professor I. William Zartman of John Hopkins University, in a collapsed state “the structure, authority (legitimate power), law and political order have fallen apart and must be reconstituted in some form, old or new.” Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali described a failed state as one characterized by “the collapse of state institutions, especially the police and judiciary, with resulting paralysis of governance, a breakdown of law and order, and general banditry and chaos.” A collapsed state can no longer perform its basic security and development functions and has no effective control over its territory and borders. The consequences include conflict, war—and refugees. The effects often spill over into neighboring states.

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Africa, Transport and the Millennium Development Goals: Achieving an Internationally Set Agenda

Edited by Margaret GRIECO, Muna NDULO, Deborah BRYCESON, Gina PORTER, and Talia McCRAY

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2009

This volume—the product of an expert workshop held at Cornell University’s Institute for African Development in May, 2007—provides accounts of an array of African operational spaces in which transport is relevant to the Millennium Development Goals. It addresses many heretofore ignored dimesions of transport—mobility issues of the urban poor, of women and children, and issues of access to employment, education and health services. It provides an alignment of transport with the MDGs in what proves to be fertile ground for research with important messages for policy makers and consequences for policy.

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Power, Gender and Social Change in Africa
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Edited by Muna NDULO and Margaret GRIECO

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2009

Gender plays a hugely significant and too often under-considered role in predicting how accessible resources such as education, wage-based employment, physical and mental health care, adequate nutrition and housing will be to an individual or community. The book contains chapters from an interdisciplinary group of scholars, including sociologists, economists, political scientists, scholars of law, anthropologists, historians and others. The work includes analysis of strategic gender initiatives, case studies, research, and policies as well as conceptual and theoretical pieces.

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Africa's Finances: The Contribution of Remittances

Edited by Raj BARDOUILLE, Muna NDULO, and Margaret GRIECO

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2007

Globally, the volume of remittances to developing countries exceeds the development aid budgets. This volume explores the contribution of remittances to Africa's finances and provides concrete guidelines as to how these may be expanded. It contains essays by the field leaders in this area which record, review and revise our knowledge base on Africa's remittance patterns. The advent of new information communication technologies can contribute to an expanded capture of remittances from the African diaspora, and in Africa new forms of money transfer which reflect this affordance are already take shape. The volume also examines other resources, such as skills, that the African diaspora remits in its patterns of contact with Africa. The volume, shaped out of a conference on remittances and the African diaspora held at the Institute for African Development at Cornell University, is a timely reminder of the substantial role to be played in Africa's development by Africans themselves. 

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The Hydropolitics of Africa: A Contemporary Challenge

Edited by Marcel KITISSOU, Muna NDULO, Mechthild NAGEL, and Margaret GRIECO

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2007

The volume contains a variety of approaches to the study of the organization of water within Africa, ranging from technical essays on water-borne diseases through institutional analyses of the legal and political arrangements around the distribution of water to social policy analyses of the unmet demand for water amongst Africa’s poor. Taken as a whole, the volume provides the reader with a useful reference work on the contemporary hydropolitics of Africa whilst simultaneously providing a lively introduction to a critical and much neglected area of African development policy.

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Meeting the Information Challenge: The Experience of Africa
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Edited by Margaret GRIECO, Royal COLLE, and Muna NDULO

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2006

Africa faces serious challenges in the world of globalisation. One of the most serious and basic of these challenges is that of information and communication technologies. Meeting the range of social, economic, and political goals in the contemporary world requires the meeting of the information challenge. This volume--primarily the product of a specialist meeting at Cornell University--provides both overview and detail on how this challenge can be and is being met.

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Democratic Reform in Africa: Its Impact on Governance and Poverty Alleviation
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Edited by Muna NDULO

James Currey Ltd. / Ohio University Press 2006

Democratic Reform in Africa highlights the issues that cut across both the political and the economic reform spectra and identifies obstacles to democratic reform. The book examines various institutions and their role in governance and poverty alleviation, and recognizes those who are involved in the process of both democratic reform and economic development. 

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Comparative Constitutionalism and Good Governance in the Commonwealth: An Eastern and Southern African Perspective
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John HATCHARD, Muna NDULO, and Peter SLINN

Cambridge University Press 2004

The central role that good, effective and capable governance plays in the economic and social development of a country is now widely recognised. Using the Commonwealth countries of eastern and southern Africa (the ESA states) as the basis for discussion, this book analyses some of the key constitutional issues in the process of developing, strengthening and consolidating the capacity of states to ensure the good governance of their peoples. Utilising comparative material, the book seeks to draw lessons, both positive and negative, about the problems of constitutionalism in the region and, in doing so, critically addresses the legal issues involved in seeking to make constitutions ‘work’ in practice.

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