National “Development” and African Universities: A Theoretical and Sociopolitical Analysis

  • Korbla P. Puplampu


The national “development” question continues to draw attention in several African countries. The attention stems from the failure of policies to address the political, economic, and social malaise of Africa. Politically, even though some countries are on the road to political stability, several are still grappling with problems of political succession and uncertainty. The region’s economic fortunes are still tied to prices in the international commodities markets while industrial output has to contend with new tariff regimes in several European countries, their major trading partners. The implications of the political and economic difficulties can be seen in the continuing worsening social conditions—the images of the emaciated children and adults—in the region. Given the prevailing conditions, it is not surprising that several African countries are located at the lower end of the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) annual Human Development Index (see UNDP, 2003).


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