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Africa in Transformation : Economic Development in the Age of Doubt

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"Lopes brings his rigour, insight, and experience to this timely new book, presenting a compelling rethink of traditional development models in Africa and the need to seize on transformational change to build a sustainable future for the continent."
-Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General



"Some readers will enjoy Lopes' eclectic brilliance and breath-taking culture. Others will salute his ability to bring compelling new angles to every topic. Everyone will be impressed with his craftsmanship, his rich and multi-faceted approach to development, and his high ethical standards. It is impossible to read this jewel book and not feel smarter."
-Celestin Monga, African Development Bank's Vice President and Chief Economist



"Drawing on his distinguished academic career, policy experience at the highest level, and deep love of the continent, Lopes provides a visionary analysis of Africa's current problems and future prospects. This book provides a highly unusual combination of intellectualism and hard-nosed pragmatism. A singular achievement."
-Ha-Joon Chang, University of Cambridge, UK

"Thorough, thought-provoking, and beyond rhetoric: definitely a must-read for anyone who wants to understand Africa's present and future."
-Enrico Letta, former Prime Minister of Italy, Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po, France



Lopes delivers an overview of the critical development issues facing the African continent today. He offers readers a blueprint of policies to address issues, and an intense, heartfelt meditation on the meaning of economic development in the age of democratic doubts, identity crises, global fears and threatening issues of sustainability.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 9.65mm | 238g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2019
  • XI, 164 p.
  • 3030012905
  • 9783030012908
  • 663,429

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"Lopes brings his rigour, insight, and experience to this timely new book, presenting a compelling rethink of traditional development models in Africa and the need to seize on transformational change to build a sustainable future for the continent."



--Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General







"Some readers will enjoy Lopes' eclectic brilliance and breath-taking culture. Others will salute his ability to bring compelling new angles to every topic. Everyone will be impressed with his craftsmanship, his rich and multi-faceted approach to development, and his high ethical standards. It is impossible to read this jewel book and not feel smarter."
--Célestin Monga, African Development Bank's Vice President and Chief Economist







"Drawing on his distinguished academic career, policy experience at the highest level, and deep love of the continent, Lopes provides a visionary analysis of Africa's current problems and future prospects. This book provides a highly unusual combination of intellectualism and hard-nosed pragmatism. A singular achievement."
--Ha-Joon Chang, University of Cambridge, UK




"Thorough, thought-provoking, and beyond rhetoric: definitely a must-read for anyone who wants to understand Africa's present and future."

--Enrico Letta, former Prime Minister of Italy, Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po, France








Lopes delivers an overview of the critical development issues facing the African continent today. He offers readers a blueprint of policies to address issues, and an intense, heartfelt meditation on the meaning of economic development in the age of democratic doubts, identity crises, global fears and threatening issues of sustainability.



Carlos Lopes is Professor at Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and Visiting Professor at Sciences Po in Paris, France.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Reflecting on Africa's Contemporary Dynamics
Chapter 2: Changing Politics
Chapter 3: Respecting Diversity
Chapter 4: Understanding Policy Space
Chapter 5: Structural Transformation through Industrialisation
Chapter 6: Increasing Agricultural Productivity
Chapter 7: Revisiting the Social Contract
Chapter 8: Adjusting to Climate Change
Chapter 9: Inserting Agency in the Relations with China
Chapter 10: Conclusions
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About Carlos Lopes

Carlos Lopes is Professor at Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and Visiting Professor at Sciences Po in Paris, France.
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