State Fragility and State Building in Africa

Cases from Eastern and Southern Africa

  • Dele Olowu
  • Paulos Chanie

Part of the United Nations University Series on Regionalism book series (UNSR, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Drivers of Fragility

  3. Impact of Fragility on Citizens and Neighbouring States

  4. Capacity Building Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Albert Arko-Cobbah, Basie Olivier
      Pages 163-181
    3. Oscar Gakuo Mwangi
      Pages 209-232
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233

About this book


This book describes the contrast between the strong economic growth and democratization that have occurred in Africa and its stalling political progress. It presents and discusses fragility as the phenomenon that has caused the state to remain weak and faltering and has led to at least one third of the continent’s citizens living in fragile states. Following the examination of the drivers of fragility and the impact of fragility on citizens and neighbouring states, the book discusses capacity building approaches. This part shows how effective states can be built on the African continent, a process that would result in a change from state fragility to state resilience. It is based on lessons learnt from close studies of the nations where the state has been most developed in the region, in Eastern and Southern Africa. The book provides and responds to the most recent and up-to-date information on African development and uses insights of people who have lived and worked in the continent for most of their lives.  ​


Capacity Building Programs in Ethiopia Capacity Building in Sub-Saharan Africa Capacity Buildingto Contain Fragility in Lesotho Growing Democratization in Africa Impact of Fragility on Citizens Institutionalized Corruption in Zimbabwe Political Progress in Africa Regional Dynamics of Fragile States in Southern Africa State Fragility and State Building in Africa State Fragility in Angola State Fragility in Congo State Fragility in South Africa State Fragility in the Post-Apartheid Era The Impact of Fragility on Social Services in Zimbabwe The Scope and Extent of State Fragility The Social Foundations of State Fragility in Kenya Weakening of State Legitimacy in Kenya

Editors and affiliations

  • Dele Olowu
    • 1
  • Paulos Chanie
    • 2
  1. 1.Global Peace CompactAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.OSSREAAddis AbabaEthiopia

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