Reinventing African Chieftaincy in the Age of AIDS, Gender, Governance, and Development

Reinventing African Chieftaincy in the Age of AIDS, Gender, Governance, and Development

Reinventing African Chieftaincy in the Age of AIDS, Gender, Governance, and Development

Reinventing African Chieftaincy in the Age of AIDS, Gender, Governance, and Development

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We, the authors of this book, were drawn together by our belief that one of Africa’s indigenous human resources for development, i.e., traditional authorities, was being overlooked, if not rejected, because of the misconceptions held by some policy-makers and researchers in African postcolonial states and elsewhere. We were puzzled by the anti-chief railings, especially in light of the realities on the ground that were experienced in Ghana, South Africa, and Botswana. We saw that some chiefs in those three post-colonial countries were active in development but some appeared not to be involved. We asked ourselves if these active chiefs were part of some larger trend that had been somehow overlooked during the aftermath of independence. Independence had truly been a wonderful achievement that ended European colonialism, but of course new problems had emerged that then had to be addressed. During this time, traditional leaders fell from sight and often from the political grace of the nationalists who had achieved independence. This was also a time when . . .

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