Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Paradox of Sub-Saharan Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jong-Dae Park
      Pages 3-35 Open Access
    3. Jong-Dae Park
      Pages 37-60 Open Access
  3. Rethinking the Root Causes of Africa’s Under-Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Jong-Dae Park
      Pages 63-109 Open Access
    3. Jong-Dae Park
      Pages 111-126 Open Access
  4. Africa’s Forgotten Mission of Nation-Building: What are Missing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Jong-Dae Park
      Pages 129-158 Open Access
    3. Jong-Dae Park
      Pages 159-173 Open Access
  5. Understanding Korean Development Model

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Jong-Dae Park
      Pages 177-205 Open Access
    3. Jong-Dae Park
      Pages 207-241 Open Access
  6. Application of the Korean Model for Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Jong-Dae Park
      Pages 245-270 Open Access
    3. Jong-Dae Park
      Pages 271-315 Open Access
    4. Jong-Dae Park
      Pages 317-355 Open Access
  7. Africa on the New Path to Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357
    2. Jong-Dae Park
      Pages 359-382 Open Access
    3. Jong-Dae Park
      Pages 383-409 Open Access
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 411-449

About this book


This open access book analyses the development problems of sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) from the eyes of a Korean diplomat with knowledge of the economic growth Korea has experienced in recent decades. The author argues that Africa's development challenges are not due to a lack of resources but a lack of management, presenting an alternative to the traditional view that Africa's problems are caused by a lack of leadership. In exploring an approach based on mind-set and nation-building, rather than unity - which tends to promote individual or party interests rather than the broader country or national interests - the author suggests new solutions for SSA's economic growth, inspired by Korea's successful economic growth model much of which is focused on industrialisation. 

This book will be of interest to researchers, policymakers, NGOs and governmental bodies in economics, development and politics studying Africa's economic development, and Korea's economic growth model.


Economic Discrimination Korean economic growth Saemaul Undong Nation-building Economics and Industrialisation Korean development model Sub-Saharan African development economics Human and social capital Open access

Authors and affiliations

  • Jong-Dae Park
    • 1
  1. 1.Embassy of the Republic of KoreaPretoriaSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-03945-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-03946-2
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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