Africa Works

Disorder as Political Instrument
Author: Patrick Chabal,Jean-Pascal Daloz
Publisher: James Currey Publishers
ISBN: 9780852558140
Category: Africa
Page: 170
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The unfinished state

Demokratie und Ethnizität in Nigeria
Author: Markus Brunner
Publisher: GIGA-Hamburg
ISBN: 9783928049856
Category: Africa
Page: 328
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Stereotyping Africa. Surprising Answers to Surprising Questions

Surprising Answers to Surprising Questions
Author: Emmanuel Fru Doh
Publisher: African Books Collective
ISBN: 9956558958
Category: Social Science
Page: 194
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Characteristically, Africans in any Western country are asked so many different questions about "Africa," as Westerners love to refer to the many countries that make up that huge continent, as if Africa were a single nation state. So one begins wondering why it is that Africans, on the other hand, do not refer to individual European countries as "Europe" simply, then the trends and consequences of stereotyping begin setting in just as one is getting used to being asked if Africa has a president, or if one can say something in African. It is some of these questions that Emmanuel Fm Doh has collected over the years and has attempted answering them in an effort to shed some light on a continent that is in many ways like the rest of the world, when not better, but which so many love to paint as dark, backward, chaotic, and pathetic. "This book deals with an interesting but also painful topic: the stereotyping of Africa, in the West, notably in the United States of America. This is a laudable initiative.. a timely and courageous effort to deal with long-standing stereoxypes in the West"-Dr Piet Konings, Sociologist, African Studies Centre Leiden "This book is a must read as it addresses questions too often thought of, but afraid to ask by so many. Emmanuel Fru Doh's writing is riveting as it opens the minds and hearts of and women who truly are seeking an understanding of what is' African as interpreted by Africans. This work is honest, authentic and forth right in all of accounts on how stereotypes of Africa have been applied; moreover, misapplied through excessive and purposeful distortions by the West"-Dr Alvin L. Killough, Cultural Ecological Psychologist, University Of Minnesota "Stereotyping û the production and consumption of frozen and often negative images and representations of others û are a feature of every society and encounter. This meticulous and well documented compilation of Western stereotypes about Africa, brings to the fore the element of power that gives life, visibility and legitimacy to the prejudices of some over those of others."-Francis B. Nyamnjoh, Professor Of Social Anthropology, University Of Cape Town

Dictators and Democracy in African Development

The Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria
Author: A. Carl LeVan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107081149
Category: Political Science
Page: 308
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This book argues that the structure of the policy-making process in Nigeria explains variations in government performance better than other commonly cited factors.

Govern Like Us

U.S. Expectations of Poor Countries
Author: M. A. Thomas
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231539118
Category: Political Science
Page: 288
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In the poorest countries, such as Afghanistan, Haiti, and Mali, the United States has struggled to work with governments whose corruption and lack of capacity are increasingly seen to be the cause of instability and poverty. The development and security communities call for "good governance" to improve the rule of law, democratic accountability, and the delivery of public goods and services. The United States and other rich liberal democracies insist that this is the only legitimate model of governance. Yet poor governments cannot afford to govern according to these ideals and instead are compelled to rely more heavily on older, cheaper strategies of holding power, such as patronage and repression. The unwillingness to admit that poor governments do and must govern differently has cost the United States and others inestimable blood and coin. Informed by years of fieldwork and drawing on practitioner work and academic scholarship in politics, economics, law, and history, this book explains the origins of poor governments in the formation of the modern state system and describes the way they govern. It argues that, surprisingly, the effort to stigmatize and criminalize the governance of the poor is both fruitless and destabilizing. The United States must pursue a more effective foreign policy to engage poor governments and acknowledge how they govern.

Der dunkle Fluss

Author: Chigozie Obioma
Publisher: Aufbau Digital
ISBN: 3841209122
Category: Fiction
Page: 313
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»Das erstaunlichste Debüt eines neuen afrikanischen Autors.« Sigrid Löffler, Deutschlandradio. Vielfach preisgekrönt, übersetzt in 25 Sprachen: Benjamin und seine Brüder leben in der Nähe eines gefährlichen Flusses. Als ihr Vater die Familie verlassen muss, verstoßen sie gegen sein Verbot, sich dem Gewässer zu nähern. Die Fische, die sie dort fangen, sind Vorboten einer Tragödie. Ein faszinierendes Familiendrama und eine sprachmächtige Fabel über das Schicksal Nigerias. Von Afrikas neuem großen Erzähler. »Das beste zeitgenössische Buch, das ich in den letzten Jahren gelesen habe. Ein moderner Klassiker.« Maxim Biller, Literarisches Quartett.

The Global Century

Globalization and National Security
Author: Richard L. Kugler,Ellen L. Frost
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781579060534
Category: Globalization
Page: 530
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Health reformers' response to Zambia's childhood mortality crisis

Author: Chris Simms
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781858643359
Category: Child health services
Page: 30
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This study examines the reasons for the rise in the Zambian under-five mortality during the 1990s, paying particular attention to the relevance and effectiveness of health sector reform strategies and their impact on ordinary Zambians.

Dead Aid

Warum Entwicklungshilfe nicht funktioniert und was Afrika besser machen kann
Author: Dambisa Moyo
Publisher: Haffmans & Tolkemitt
ISBN: 3942989719
Category: Social Science
Page: 236
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Afrika ist ein armer Kontinent. Ein Kontinent voller Hunger, blutiger Konflikte, gescheiterter Staaten, voller Korruption und Elend. Um zu helfen, adoptieren Prominente afrikanische Halbwaisen und flanieren durch Flüchtlingslager, laden die Gutmenschen unter den Popstars zu Benefiz-Konzerten, und westliche Staaten haben in den letzten 50 Jahren eine Billion Dollar an afrikanische Regierungen gezahlt. Aber trotz Jahrzehnten von billigen Darlehen, nicht rückzahlbaren Krediten, Schuldenerlassen, bilateraler und multilateraler Hilfe steht Afrika schlimmer da als je zuvor. Mit Dead Aid hat Dambisa Moyo ein provokatives Plädoyer gegen Entwicklungshilfe und für Afrika geschrieben. Knapp, faktenreich und zwingend legt sie ihre Argumente dar. Entwicklungshilfe, im Sinne von Geld-Transfers zwischen Regierungen, macht abhängig. Sie zementiert die bestehenden Gegebenheiten, fördert Korruption und finanziert sogar Kriege. Sie zerstört jeden Anreiz, gut zu wirtschaften und die Volkswirtschaft anzukurbeln. Entwicklungshilfe zu beziehen ist einfacher, als ein Land zu sanieren. Im Gegensatz zu Bono und Bob Geldoff weiß Moyo, wovon sie spricht. Die in Sambia geborene und aufgewachsene Harvard-Ökonomin arbeitete jahrelang für die Weltbank. In Dead Aid erklärt sie nicht nur, was die negativen Folgen von Entwicklungshilfe sind und warum China für Afrika eine Lösung und nicht Teil des Problems ist; sie entwirft zudem einen Weg, wie sich Afrika aus eigener Kraft und selbstbestimmt entwickeln kann. In den USA und Großbritannien löste Dead Aid eine hitzige Debatte aus. Es stand mehrere Wochen auf der New York Times Bestsellerliste und wurde vom Sunday Herald zum Buch des Jahres gewählt. Das Time Magazine wählte Dambisa Moyo 2009 zu einer der 100 wichtigsten Persönlichkeiten der Welt.

From Global Prescription to Local Treatment

The International Refugee Regime in Tanzania and Uganda
Author: Anna Barbara Schmidt
Publisher: N.A
Page: 1076
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The findings are based on case studies of protracted refugee situations in Tanzania and Uganda and two policy sectors within the refugee regime-status determination and security. It combines the tools of formal network analysis with empirical evidence gleaned from fourteen months of field research in both countries and access to primary documentation - notably, the historical archives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.


The Politics of Suffering and Smiling
Author: Patrick Chabal
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1848136021
Category: Political Science
Page: 224
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The question usually asked about Africa is: 'why is it going wrong?' Is the continent still suffering from the ravages of colonialism? Or is it the victim of postcolonial economic exploitation, poor governance and lack of aid? Whatever the answer, increasingly the result is poverty and violence. In Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling Patrick Chabal approaches this question differently by reconsidering the role of theory in African politics. Chabal discusses the limitations of existing political theories of Africa and proposes a different starting point; arguing that political thinking ought to be driven by the need to address the immediacy of everyday life and death. How do people define who they are? Where do they belong? What do they believe? How do they struggle to survive and improve their lives? What is the impact of illness and poverty? In doing so, Chabal proposes a radically different way of looking at politics in Africa and illuminates the ways ordinary people 'suffer and smile'. This is a highly original addition to Zed's groundbreaking World Political Theories series.

African Struggles Today

Social Movements Since Independence
Author: Peter Dwyer,Leo Zeilig
Publisher: Haymarket Books
ISBN: 1608463087
Category: History
Page: 260
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Three leading Africa scholars investigate the social forces driving the democratic transformation of postcolonial states across southern Africa. Extensive research and interviews with civil society organizers in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, and Swaziland inform this analysis of the challenges faced by non-governmental organizations in relating both to the attendant inequality of globalization and to grassroots struggles for social justice. Peter Dwyer is a tutor in economics at Ruskin College in Oxford. Leo Zeilig Lecturer at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.


Eine Einführung
Author: Michael Hartmann
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593374390
Category: Social Science
Page: 205
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Über Eliteuniversitäten und die Notwendigkeit von Eliten wird zurzeit heftig diskutiert. Aber was sind eigentlich Eliten? Was zeichnet sie aus? Sind Eliten und Demokratie überhaupt miteinander vereinbar? Michael Hartmann stellt im ersten Teil dieser Einführung die wichtigsten Elitetheorien der letzten 120 Jahre - von Mosca bis Bourdieu - in ihren wesentlichen Elementen vor und kommentiert sie kritisch. Ebenso wichtig für jeden, der sich mit Elitesoziologie beschäftigt, ist die Analyse der Eliten in den entwickelten Industrieländern, die Gegenstand des zweiten Teils sind: Wer besetzt in Wirtschaft, Politik, Verwaltung, Justiz oder Wissenschaft die Spitzenpositionen und welches sind ihre Funktionen? Michael Hartmann stellt dar, wie sich die maßgeblichen Eliten in den fünf größten Industriestaaten (Deutschland, Frankreich, Großbritannien, Japan und USA) rekrutieren, und untersucht ihre soziale Herkunft und Homogenität. Damit verbindet er auf anschauliche Weise Theorie und Empirie dieses wichtigen Teilgebiets der Soziologie.