The Routledge Handbook of African Development

The Routledge Handbook of African Development

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The handbook presents an extensive new overview of African development - past, present and future. It addresses key core themes and topics which are pertinent to the continent's development - including sections on history, health and food, politics, economics, rural and urban development and development policy and practice.
The volume draws on the expertise of over 60 of the world's leading scholars to provide a detailed and up-to-date analysis of the key opportunities and challenges which confront Africa, and how such issues are being addressed. Arranged by key themes, the handbook provides not only an historical understanding of the past, but also political perspectives of the future. The chapters provide critically informed analyses of their topics by drawing upon the latest conceptual viewpoints and applied experiences in Africa in a form of case studies to offer a comprehensive examination of the opportunities, challenges, key debates and future prospects.

The handbook is an invaluable state-of-the-art overview and reference concerning many different aspects of Africa's development, which should be of interest to academics in all fields of African Studies, and also academics and students working in cognate disciplines such as development studies, geography, history, politics and economics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 690 pages
  • 171 x 248mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 54 Line drawings, black and white; 1 Halftones, black and white; 47 Tables, black and white; 55 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138890294
  • 9781138890299

Table of contents

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Section 1
Introduction and context
1 Introduction
Tony Binns, Etienne Nel and Kenneth Lynch
2 African perspectives on development
Richard Vokes
3 The African idea of development
Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni
Section 2
4 Colonial Africa
Erik Green
5 Post-independence Africa: challenges and opportunities
Tanya Lyons and David Jolley
Section 3
Social perspectives
6 Demographic characteristics, migration and employment-seeking behaviour: a case study of Ghana
Joseph K. Assan, Dinar D. Kharisma and Afia A. Adaboh
7 Gender and development in Africa: a 50-year journey from women in development to gender justice
Hazel Barrett
8 Inequality in Africa
Philip Nel
9 Education
David Stephens
10 Children
Nicola Ansell
11 Diaspora
Ben Page and Claire Mercer
Section 4
12 Health challenges
Kenneth Lynch
13 The African HIV/AIDS epidemic: is the end in sight?
Hazel Barrett
14 Food insecurity and famine
Stephen Devereux
15 Access to essential medicines in Africa
Aarti Patel
Section 5
16 Water resources and development
Clive Agnew
17 Wetlands
Alan Dixon
18 Conservation and people
Fiona Nunan
19 Ecosystem services in Africa
Rebecca Kariuki, Rob Marchant and Simon Willcock
Section 6
Development issues
20 African development: `Hopeless Africa', `Africa Rising', or somewhere in between?
Tony Binns and Etienne Nel
21 Regional integration
Olivier Walther
22 The Millennium Development Goals
John Briggs
23 Africa's natural resource corner and BRICS
Ian Taylor
24 Aid and debt
John Serieux
25 Faith in development in sub-Saharan Africa
Emma Tomalin and Adriaan van Klinken
Section 7
Rural Africa
26 Land tenure
Jon D. Unruh
27 Deagrarianisation and depeasantisation in Africa
Deborah Fahy Bryceson
28 Rural development
Simon Milligan and Sam Kareithi
29 Rural marketing in sub-Saharan Africa: some current issues
Gina Porter
30 Rural-urban interaction and development in Africa
Kenneth Lynch
Section 8
Urban Africa
31 The politics of urban management and planning in African cities
Andrea Rigon, Joseph M. Macarthy, Braima Koroma and Alexandre Apsan Frediani
32 Housing in Africa
Kamna Patel
33 Perspectives on urban employment in Africa: the case of informal solid waste management in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Danny Simatele
34 Food security in African cities: linking urban food production with good urban governance
Alec Thornton
35 The future and Africa's cities
Garth Myers
Section 9
Economic perspectives
36 Africa's extreme uneven development worsens during global economic turmoil
Patrick Bond
37 Financial sector development, foreign direct investment and economic growth in Africa
David Fielding
38 Agriculture
Roy Maconachie
39 Mining
Roy Maconachie
40 Supporting the SMME economy of sub-Saharan Africa: a role for business incubation
Christian M. Rogerson
41 Africa's tourism economy: uneven progress and challenges
Christian M. Rogerson and Jayne M. Rogerson
42 Transport
Gina Porter
43 Land-grabbing in Africa
Simon Batterbury and Frankline Ndi
44 The economics of and prospects for China's Africa return
Lauren A. Johnston
Section 10
Political perspectives on Africa's development
45 Government: African development beyond `good governance'
David Booth
46 Conflict and post-conflict
Hazel Cameron
47 Human rights in Africa: impasse, backsliding, or forwards?
Peris Jones
48 The International Criminal Court in Africa
Jonathan Hobson
49 Corruption
Philip Nel
Section 11
50 Conclusion: looking forward
Tony Binns, Etienne Nel and Kenneth Lynch
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About Tony Binns

Tony Binns is Ron Lister Professor of Geography at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and Visiting Professorial Fellow in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
Kenneth Lynch is a Reader in Geography in the School of Natural and Social Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire, UK.
Etienne Nel is a Professor of Geography at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and Visiting Research Fellow, College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg.
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