Since 2000, countries across Africa have maintained over a decade of unprecedented economic expansion in a phenomena known as ‘Africa rising’. However, despite pockets of strong economic growth, Africa still faces major development challenges.
In this important book the contributors argue that Africa as a continent must work on securing social and political stability and build effective economic governance to ensure the development of a society that is socially, economically and politically inclusive.
Looking beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the contributors highlight what they consider to be the 12 major public policy conversations of the continent post-2015, from the legacy of African leadership, to the ‘youth bulge’ (and resulting unemployment) and climate change. The volume presents policy makers, academics and students with a chance to take a fresh look at urgent emerging challenges in post-MDG African development.
"In exploring the multiple dimensions of the Post-2015 development agenda for Africa, this clear, well-structured, and compelling collection by leading African and international scholars offer promising but realistic policy choices for addressing the region’s challenges" Francis Owusu, Iowa State University, USA
"A valuable and wide-ranging discussion of the achievements and challenges of African development that demonstrates the importance of a ‘developmental state’ in enabling Africans to take charge of their own destiny." Professor Diane Elson, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK
"A refreshing and comprehensive political economy perspective on Africa’s socio-economic transformation within the post-2015 development agenda. It is a must read for both economists and non-economists who yearn for freedom from the ‘Africa rising’ mantra. A highly compelling and wonderfully readable story." Dr Khabele Matlosa, African Union Commission, Ethiopia
George Kararach is an Economic Affairs Officer, Macroeconomic Policy Division, UN Economic Commission for Africa and Senior Consultant, Strategy and Operations Policy Department, The African Development Bank, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
Hany Besada is a Regional Advisor, African Minerals Development Centre, UN Economic Commission for Africa and Senior Fellow, Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. He is also a Research Professor, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Canada and Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa, Ghana.
Timothy M. Shaw is Adjunct Professor at Carleton and Ottawa Universities, Ottawa, Canada.
Introduction: Development policy, agency and Africa in the post-2015 development agenda ~ George Kararach, Hany Besada, Timothy M Shaw and Kristen Winters;
The post-2015 development agenda: building global convergence on policy options ~ James Wakiaga;
Debating post-2015 development-oriented reforms in Africa: agendas for action? ~ George Kararach;
Public diplomacy for developmental states: Implementing the African mining vision ~ Timothy M Shaw and Leah McMillan Polonenko;
The role of gender and development: where do boys count? ~ Frannie Leautier;
Service-oriented government: the developmental state and service delivery in Africa after 2015 - are capacity indicators important? ~ George Kararach;
Employment creation for youth in Africa: the role of extractive industries ~ Bernadette Dia Kamgnia and Victor Murinde Murinde;
Financing the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Domestic revenue mobilization in Africa ~ Aniket Bhushan, Yiagadeesen Samy and Kemi Medu;
Economic performance and social progress in Sub-Saharan Africa: the effect of least developed countries and fragile states ~ Manmohan Agarwal and Natasha Pirzada;
From regional integration to regionalism in Africa: Building capacities for the post-Millennium Development Goals Agenda ~ Cristina D'Alessandro;
Reforming the Development Banks’ Country Policy and Institutional Assessment as an aid allocation tool: the case for country self-assessment ~ George Kararach, Abbi Kedir, Frannie Léautier and Victor Murinde;
Development and sustainability in a warming world: Measuring the impacts of climate change in Africa ~ Hany Besada, Fatima Denton and Ben O’Bright;
African development through peace and security to sustainability ~ Karolina Werner;
Conclusion: African development, political economy and the road to Agenda 2063 ~ George Kararach, Hany Besada, and Timothy M Shaw.