Sustainable Development and Human Security in Africa: Governance as the Missing Link

Louis A. Picard, Terry F. Buss, Taylor B. Seybolt, Macrina C. Lelei

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April 22, 2015 by Routledge
Reference - 358 Pages - 33 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482255430 - CAT# KE27069
Series: Public Administration and Public Policy

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    • Defines sustainable development in human terms and links those objectives with government policy initiatives
    • Argues that sustainable governance is the bedrock of properly developing countries
    • Brings together chapters based on the field experience of leading practitioners and scholars on global development
    • Includes case studies that cover actual on-the-ground efforts
    • Addresses a wide range of issues such as finance, poverty, resource availability, environment, religious and intra-ethnic strife, entrepreneurialism, NGOs, and civic activism



    Many new development initiatives have been introduced in Africa over the past few decades. Each of these has been heralded as marking a new era in the continent’s development. However, many of these initiatives have failed to produce sustained results due to numerous challenges, including, most importantly, the lack of good governance. The Africa Progress Panel stated in 2011 that good governance is the key enabling factor for sustainable development. This book discusses the role good governance plays in achieving sustainable development and eradicating extreme poverty in Africa.

    The contributed chapters in this book seek to broaden the policy debate and provide conversations about the sustainable development challenges facing African countries from multiple viewpoints and interdisciplinary perspectives—from academics, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the field. The book focuses on the governance perspectives of practitioners who deal with day-to-day realities on the ground, with the goal to use evidence-based information to make informed policies, programs, and strategies to move the continent toward achieving sustainable development.

    This book tries to strike a balance between recognizing the need to bring politics back into development programs and understanding the limitations of political institutions in weak states. To that end, it looks at the challenges of development from the perspective of human security, with a focus on strengthening the human resource component of African economies in order to achieve better governance as part of a sustainable development process.