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Title:The African national project, the question of African development, and the rise of new institutionalism
Author:Ndlovu, SabeloISNI
Periodical:Africanus (ISSN 0304-615X)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:national planning
nation building
political history
Abstract:The recent financial crisis has ignited fresh debates on the durability of the capitalist system and its development trajectory. For Africa, the economic and ideological crisis coincided with the fiftieth anniversary of decolonization in 2010 for seventeen African colonial States. An emerging concern among some African intellectuals is about how to revive the African national project that was displaced by the introduction of structural adjustment programmes. The rationale is that the African national project encapsulates the totality of African people's desires to complete the decolonization process, build postcolonial nations, reconstruct postcolonial States, promote economic development, entrench popular democracy, defend sovereignty, and eventually build regional integration and pan-African unity. This article builds on this emerging African thinking aimed at reclaiming the nation and resolving the national question at a time of globalization. It provides a historiography of the African national project dating back to the 1960s and highlights its trials and tribulations, triumphs and crises, mutations and metamorphoses up to the present. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]