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

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


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.


  1. Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA). (2002). Africa’s development thinking since independence: A reader. Pretoria: AISA. ISBN: 9780798301763.Google Scholar
  2. Akanle, O. (2011). The sociology of gender equality and development in democratizing Nigeria. The Nigerian Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, 9, 22–36.Google Scholar
  3. Akanle, O. (2012). Childhood construction, child rights and development in Nigeria: Trajectories from the Yoruba of south-western Nigeria. African Journal for the Psychological Studies of Social Issues, 15(2), 359–379.Google Scholar
  4. Akanle, O., & Adesina, J. O. (2015). Corruption and the Nigerian development quagmire: Popular narratives and current interrogations. Journal of Developing Societies, 31(4), 421–446.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Akanle, O., & Omobowale, A. O. (2015). Trans-border banditry and integration in the ECOWAS region. In A. O. Olutayo & I. A. Adeniran (Eds.), Regional economic communities: Exploring the process of socio-economic integration in Africa (pp. 101–110). Dakar: CODESRIA.Google Scholar
  6. Easterly, W. (2006). The white man’s burden: Why the West’s efforts to aid the rest have done so much harm and so little good. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  7. Moss, Todd J. (1997). African development: Making sense of the issues and actors. Boulder: Lynne Rienner. ISBN: 13:978-1588267-696.Google Scholar
  8. Muriith, Samuel M. (1997). African development dilemma: The big debate. Lanham: University Press of America. ISBN: 0-7618-0546-X.Google Scholar
  9. OECD. (2015). African economic outlook 2015: Regional development and spatial inclusion. Paris, AfDB, UNDP. ISBN: 9789264232822.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG 2018

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

Personalised recommendations