Enough Is Enough! For an Alternative Diagnosis of the African Crisis

Enough Is Enough! For an Alternative Diagnosis of the African Crisis

Enough Is Enough! For an Alternative Diagnosis of the African Crisis

Enough Is Enough! For an Alternative Diagnosis of the African Crisis

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This paper is subdivided in four chapters that correspond to the different levels of the debate: a first chapter concentrating on the perceptions and opinions about Africa; a second chapter dealing with the economic realities as they are right now; a third chapter extracting from the realities the challenges and needs of the continental agenda; and, finally, the interaction between the challenges and the historical heritage of the African people.

The continuum is ensured by the author's preoccupation with the presentation of alternative interpretations of the past experience, in order to address the main concern of Òwhat happenedÓ to justify the difficult situation of the continent. This is done through a brief description of the mirrors that will have to be taken into account to build any meaningful development alternative to the continent, on economic as well as political and cultural grounds.

The paper does not comprehensively address the institutional and operational implications of an alternative development agenda for the continent. Some of the proposals recently elaborated are reviewed without any selection or packaging.

In the concluding chapter we revisit the so much under fire ÒdevelopmentÓ concept, once again. That is to underline the need for further discussion and debate regarding the important subject before us.

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