Monday, December 05, 2011
PUBLICATION: Africa in Focus: Governance in the 21st Century
The first volume of the Africa in Focus series, Governance in the 21st Century, is available online for free download.
The Africa in Focus series is an initiative of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) that creates a forum for African scholars to frame research questions and examine critical issues affecting the African continent in the 21st century. The series should inspire robust debate to help inform the orientation of public policy in Africa.
Will Africa’s recuperative powers have dispelled the shadows of historically imposed predicaments by the end of the century? This question is at the core of this first volume in the series, in which contributors wrestle with ‘lived realities’ related to the unfolding process of democratic transformation across the African continent. The volume interrogates a range of issues: knowledge and its transformation; the need to manage natural resources; the economy viewed through the lens of actual livelihoods; other thorny challenges affecting social well-being in Africa and Africa’s relationship with the rest of the world.
In the early part of this 21st century, colonial legacies continue to circumscribe many of the hopes and aspirations pinned on democracy by people of the African continent. The challenges of the African state cannot always be explained through reference to the past, and the contributors put forward strong arguments for self-reliance among African people, ethical leadership, economic democracy, the indigenisation of knowledge and institutional reform.
This seminal collection will be of interest to political scholars, students and professionals in the field of African Studies, as well as to policy-makers and public officials across the continent.
CAPRi readers may be particularly interested in Section 3 on the environment and natural resources, which includes chapters on climate change and Africa agriculture, exploring environmental consciousness, the challenges of implementing an African water resource management agenda, and investigating local institutional design for reducing climate change risks in Zimbabwe.