Sustainable Industrialization in Africa: Toward a New Development Agenda

  • Padmashree Gehl Sampath


This book is about developmental choices. Its main argument is that countries and regions face individual dilemmas and trade-offs in promoting sustainable development, even when the choices to be made begin from a definitional standpoint. Despite the social sciences’ rich scholarship and the benefits of pluralism, a great vice still afflicts it, in that we engage in debates on critical notions that are potentially path altering without actually aligning ourselves on what they may mean for different contexts. Sustainable development is one such notion that holds a different appeal to all who seek to operationalize it. Sustainable development can denote simply the ability to grow at a high rate for the next two decades or more. The term is often also used to denote development that is more equitable, and encompasses the ability to be inclusive and lift people out of poverty in urban and rural areas. Sustainability can also simply refer to growth and development that focus on being environmentally sustainable or intergenerationally conscious. Yet for many others, the term “sustainable development” can be multifaceted, denoting various means of eliciting sustainable outcomes — environmental, developmental and equity based — the so-called holy trinity of development.


Sustainable Development Industrial Development Industrial Policy Income Growth African Context 
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