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Title:Africa in 2108: a strategic plan
Author:Muiu, Mueni waISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:African Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 0850-7902)
Volume:11
Issue:2
Pages:1-28
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:State
change
future
Economics, Commerce
Economic forecasting
Economic indicators
Abstract:What will Africa look like in 2108? This paper argues that African State structures and their relationship with Western countries are the root causes of the African predicament. 'Fundi wa Africa' ('of Africa' in Kiswahili) contends that one cannot understand the African predicament without analysing African indigenous political systems, as well as the colonial and neocolonial States. Successive historical processes such as slavery, colonialism and neocolonialism (an ongoing process renamed 'globalization') contributed to the creation of the present African State, which reflects the Western State but fails to perform the same functions. While current trends tend to marginalize institutions, especially the State in development, if Africans are to overcome the destiny carved for them by globalization, as labourers and bystanders in their own development, they have to reconstitute their institutions based on their culture and history. To this end a strategic plan is presented by way of 'Fundi wa Africa: Toward a New Paradigm of the African State'. As a reconstituted State, the Federation of African States will have popular democracy, based on accountability and responsibility, organized from below, and governance will be bottom-up. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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