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Title:Human Security and Africa: Polemic Opposites
Author:Hadingham, Jenny
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:human security
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Abstract:This paper examines some of the issues which stand in the way of Africa's adopting a people-centred approach to security. It begins with a basic definition of the concept of human security, concluding that human security, thus defined, does not exist in Africa. Subsequently, the paper explores some of the reasons why the African continent has been unable to adopt a people-centred approach to security. It concentrates on three main aspects which, growing largely out of a militaristic approach to security, obstruct the efforts of African governments to create conducive conditions for the physical, economic, social and environmental security of their populations. These are: the continent's chronic wars, high rates of HIV/AIDS infection and the economic stagnation of the African State. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]