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Renewing Social and Economic Progress in Africa: Essays in Memory of Philip Ndegwa



Edited volume by Dharam Ghai.

Images that dominate mass media depictions and popular perceptions of Africa tend to exaggerate, distort and simplify. Not all parts of Africa have shared the dismal fate portrayed in much of the writing and reporting on the region. Contributors to this book put forth a balanced and realistic view of Africa’s prospects in the coming years.

The volume is divided into two parts: “Human Development, Social Progress and Environmental Sustainability” and “Agenda for Political and Economic Reform”. It seeks to contribute to efforts to develop an agenda for social and economic revival and progress. Authors take into account the continent’s past experiences, and the rapidly evolving global environment and regional context. They suggest that investments in human development offer the best prospects for rapidly closing the gap between social and economic performance of African countries and other regions of the world. Moreover, they assert that reforms currently being undertaken these domains in many African countries are mutually reinforcing and have multiplier effects that can be expected to enhance political stability, economic growth and social equality.

The essays in this volume are dedicated to Philip Ndegwa, Kenyan and international civil servant, Presidential Advisor, Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya and businessman. Philip Ndegwa gained a reputation as the leading trouble-shooter in the country, with Kenya’s top political leadership turned to him frequently for advice. He was a development economist educated at Makerere University and Harvard.

Contents: African Development in Retrospect and ProspectDharam Ghai • Health Status and Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa: A long term perspectiveGiovanni Andrea Cornia dn Germano Mwabu • Urbanization, Unemployment and Migration in Africa: Theory and practiceMichael P. Todaro • Poverty, Employment and the Informal Sector: Some reflections on the ILO mission to KenyaHans W. Singer and Richard Jolly • Civil Wars in Sub-Saharan Africa: Continuing the economic and social costFrances Stewart • Social Dynamics of Environmental Change in AfricaDharam Ghai • Environment and Sustainable Development in AfricaMaurice Strong • Democratisation, Equity and Stability: African Politics and Societies in the 1990sYusuf Bangura • Africa in an Interdependent World: A partnership of Vision and PrincipleDunstan Wai • Structuring Economic Reform in AfricaEdgar O. Edwards with Wilson Kinyua • Roads to Regionalism: Survival, security and efficiencyReginald Herbold Green • Africa in the Global EconomyGerald K. Helleiner • Annex: Philip Ndegwa: A biographical Profile.
  • Publication and ordering details
  • Pub. Date: 1 May 2000
    Pub. Place: London
    ISBN: 0 333 77911 8
    Type: paperback
    From: Palgrave
  • Pub. Date: 1 May 2000
    Pub. Place: London
    ISBN: 0 333 73412 2
    Type: Hardback
    From: Palgrave