Introduction: The Development of Africa: Issues, Diagnoses and Prognoses

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Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 71)

Abstract

Africa’s development is one of the most critical and important issues on the global agenda. This point has been attested to by the global adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the immediate adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the expiry of the MDGs, to drive development in Africa and other developing countries, while simultaneously not isolating the developed countries. This is because the underdevelopment of Africa is a problem that does not affect Africa alone, but directly or indirectly affects the world at large. Today, Africa remains largely mired in underdevelopment rather than showing the needed signs of development. Generally, independence struggles in most African countries were contingent on the belief that decolonization and independence would lead to the requisite development on the continent. However, more than half a century after the demise of colonialism, development is still elusive on the continent despite repeated efforts.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olayinka Akanle
    • 1
  • Jìmí Olálékan Adésìnà
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria
  2. 2.SARChI Chair in Social PolicyUniversity of South Africa (UNISA)TshwaneSouth Africa

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