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Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Maano Ramutsindela
  • David Mickler

Part of the Sustainable Development Goals Series book series (SDGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Maano Ramutsindela, David Mickler
    Pages 1-9
  3. Africa’s Sustainable Development: Approaches, Institutions, Agendas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Tor Halvorsen, John Higgins
      Pages 13-21
    3. Florida A. Karani, Julia Preece
      Pages 23-31
    4. Tobias Broich, Adam Szirmai, Ayokunu Adedokun
      Pages 33-48
    5. David Mickler, George Mukundi Wachira
      Pages 49-57
    6. Kathryn Sturman, Perrine Toledano, Charles F. A. Akayuli, Mzamose Gondwe
      Pages 59-69
    7. Jacinta Mwende Maweu, Chris Paterson
      Pages 71-79
    8. Isaac Mensah, John Boakye-Danquah, Nurudeen Suleiman, Sena Nutakor, Muhammad Dan Suleiman
      Pages 81-90
    9. Ibrahim Bedi, William Coffie
      Pages 91-99
  4. Scientific Evidence and Critical Thinking on the SDGs in Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Constance Bitso, Elisha Ondieki Makori, Sellina Khumbo Kapondera
      Pages 103-112
    3. Colette Adhiambo Wesonga, Benard Kulohoma
      Pages 113-121
    4. Maxine F. Spedding, Angela Ofori-Atta, Dan J. Stein, Katherine R. Sorsdahl, Crick Lund
      Pages 123-133
    5. Linda Ronnie, Alison J. Glaister
      Pages 135-144
    6. Joy M. Kiiru, Laura Nelima Barasa
      Pages 145-154
    7. Bente Elisabeth Moen, Israel Paul Nyarubeli, Alexander M. Tungu, Aiwerasia Vera Ngowi, Abera Kumie, Wakgari Deressa et al.
      Pages 155-164

About this book


The book draws upon the expertise and international research collaborations forged by the Worldwide Universities Network Global Africa Group to critically engage with the intersection, in theory and practice, of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa’s development agendas and needs. Further, it argues that – and demonstrates how – the SDGs should be understood as an aspirational blueprint for development with multiple meanings that are situated in dynamic and contested terrains.
As the SDGs have substantial implications for development policy and resourcing at both the macro and micro levels, their relevance is not only context-specific but should also be assessed in terms of the aspirations and needs of ordinary citizens across the continent. Drawing on analyses and evidence from both the natural and social sciences, the book demonstrates that progress towards the SDGs must meet demands for improving human well-being under diverse and challenging socio-economic, political and environmental conditions. Examples include those from the mining industry, public health, employment and the media. In closing, it highlights how international collaboration in the form of research networks can enhance the production of critical knowledge on and engagement with the SDGs in Africa.


Sustainable Development Goals Sustainable Development in Africa Collaborative Research Africa's Development Agendas Health and Wellbeing WUN Global Africa Group SDGs in Africa Partnership for the Goals

Editors and affiliations

  • Maano Ramutsindela
    • 1
  • David Mickler
    • 2
  1. 1.Environmental and Geographical ScienceUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesUniversity of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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