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Title:Small Urban Centers in Rural Development: What Else is Development Other Than Helping Your Own Home Town?
Author:Southall, Aidan
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:rural development
small towns
Development and Technology
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/524068
Abstract:Introduction to a collection of papers on small towns in Africa. The papers are revised versions of papers presented at the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the African Studies Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the African Studies Association held at Madison in October 1986. They are a further fruit of the research project on Small Urban Centers in Rural Development in Africa. The project started from the assumption that a beneficial process of rural development could take place, and that well-designed and internationally assisted development projects could enable small urban centres to play a stimulating and significant part in it. But a great deal of cumulative experience so far suggests the opposite, namely, that a negative process of rural underdevelopment is very widespread and that small urban centres contribute to it. Papers have been included on Nigeria (Onigu Olite, L. Trager), Uganda (C. Obbo), Sudan (J.W. Burton), Zambia (B. Siegel), Zaire (Mukohya Vwakyanakazi), South Africa (C. Manona), and Morocco (T. Park). Bibliogr., notes, ref.