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Africa’s Elusive Quest for Development
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ISBN: 1403971242 1349532886 9786611363628 1281363626 1403977259 Year: 2006 Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan US : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan,

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Matt Houngnikpo examines how domestic conflict, economic stagnation, political instability, poverty and underdevelopment have plagued Africa for decades. He argues that a reversal of the political, economic and social plight of Africa lies in better policies, good governance, and, more importantly, a new type of African leader and citizen.

From Comrades to Citizens : The South African Civics Movement and the Transition to Democracy
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ISBN: 0333774574 1349416401 9786610232147 0230596207 1280232145 0333977238 Year: 2000 Publisher: London : Palgrave Macmillan UK : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan,

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In the 1980s South Africa's urban townships exploded into insurrection led by youth and residents' organisations that collectively became known as the civics movement. Ironically the movement has been unable to adapt to the role of a voluntary association in the liberal polity it helped create, and has great difficulty defining any alternative role. This volume charts the rise and fall of the movement in the transition to and consolidation of democracy in South Africa.

Globalization, Negotiation, and the Failure of Transformation in South Africa : Revolution at a Bargain?
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ISBN: 1403971412 1349532975 9786611369705 1281369705 1403983070 Year: 2006 Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan US : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan,

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The book explains the social forces, forms of consciousness and structural constraints that undermined Apartheid, preserved national unity and yet, later constrained democratic sovereignty, as the imperatives of global markets clashed with the prior aspirations of the democratic revolution.


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Media Reforms and Democratization in Emerging Democracies of Sub-Saharan Africa
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ISBN: 3319753002 3319753010 Year: 2018 Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan,

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This book examines the media reform processes and re-democratization projects of Ghana and Nigeria’s emerging democracies. It evaluates and critiques these reform processes, arguing that because of dependency approaches resulting from the transplanting of policy framework from the West into these emerging democracies, the policy goals and objectives of the reforms have not been achieved. Consequently, the inherent socio-cultural, economic and political factors, coupled with the historical antecedents of these countries, have also affected the reform process. Drawing from policy documents, analyses and interviews Ufuoma Akpojivi argues that the lack of citizens’ active participation in policy processes has led to neo-liberalization and the continued universalization of Western ideologies such as democracy, media freedom and independence. Akpojivi posits that the recognition of socio-cultural, political and economic factors inherent to these emerging democracies, coupled with the communal participation of citizens, will facilitate true media reform processes and development of these countries. Ufuoma Akpojivi is Senior Lecturer in the Media Studies Department at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. His research interests cut across media policy, democratization and new media and citizens’ engagement. He is a National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa rated researcher and a fellow of the African Humanities Program (AHP) of the American Council of Learned Societies.


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Perspectives on the Legislature and the Prospects of Accountability in Nigeria and South Africa
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ISBN: 3319935097 3319935089 Year: 2019 Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer,

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This book examines the problem of accountability in two African political systems, South Africa and Nigeria. Despite the principle of separation of powers and the doctrine of checks and balances among the institutions of governance, a burgeoning governance crisis stifles the potential of accountability and good governance. Legislative oversight in the two countries remains largely ineffective while citizens are left to face the consequences of the mismanagement of public resources by political elites. This book critically assesses how the legislative institutions in South Africa and Nigeria have been unable to harness the requisite constitutional powers to ensure accountability in government and explores the feasibility of their effectiveness. The book begins with a comparative analysis of the principles, tradition, and powers associated with legislative capability in South Africa and Nigeria. The chapters explore constitutional provisions and analyze the capacity of each legislature to function within its respective political environment. The book also examines the process and challenges associated with the various measures and mechanisms available for legislatures to ensure accountability in the two countries. Researchers, scholars and students of African politics will find this book useful in their understanding of the problems associated with the simmering governance crisis in South Africa and Nigeria.


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Reimagining Justice, Human Rights and Leadership in Africa : Challenging Discourse and Searching for Alternative Paths
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ISBN: 3030251438 303025142X Year: 2020 Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer,

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Failed attempts in Africa to develop, democratise and instil virtues of a just state and society which promote benevolent leadership and advance political and economic rights and freedoms call for a ‘new’ imagination. By exploring a wide range of issues concerning justice, human rights and leadership, this book makes two major contributions to the extant literature in each of these areas. Firstly, as a project in decoloniality, it constitutes an ‘epistemic break’ from mainstream logics and approaches to understanding state, society and development in Africa, presenting an approach that is filtered through a Euro-American lens that reifies the hegemony of a particular spatio-temporality. In other words, it emphasises the importance of situatedness by thinking from rather than about or with Africa. And secondly, it addresses a fundamental shortcoming in decolonial thought, which is often criticised for rejecting western paradigms of thought without providing viable alternatives. The issues covered include state failure in Africa, the geopolitics of US and NATO military interventions on the continent, individual states’ responses to international law, indigenous moral political leadership, authentic inclusion of marginalised voices in development practice, an endogenous approach to environmental ethics, and a spiritualist reflection on the need for Africa to chart her own course to political, social and economic redemption. By searching for alternative paths to justice, human rights and leadership, this book represents an effort to actualise the core vision of the African Renaissance to find ‘African solutions for African problems’.


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User Localization Strategies in the Face of Technological Breakdown : Biometric in Ghana’s Elections
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ISBN: 3030263991 3030263983 Year: 2020 Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan,

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Dr. Dorpenyo is to be applauded for highlighting an often forgotten issue of how technology issues in the Global South can inhibit social justice for users who rely on technology to participate in the democratic process. This is a timely and important material that will shape conversations on technology use in the fields of technical communication and rhetoric for a long time. —Godwin Agboka, Associate Professor of Technical Communication, University of Houston-Downtown, USA User Localization Strategies in the Face of Technological Breakdown is a nuanced, insightful text that will be useful to technical communication researchers interested in theories and methodologies of localization, biometrics, and cross-cultural technical communication. A much-needed perspective from an important community that can completely transform the ways in which technical communicators think about technology design in both local and global contexts. This book makes powerful interventions in current conversations about decolonizing technical communication through social justice work. —Laura Gonzales, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at The University of Texas at El Paso, USA, and author of Sites of Translation: What Multilinguals Can Teach Us About Digital Writing and Rhetoric Dorpenyo’s work provides technical communicators with a deep and very privileged look into the fascinating world of technology transfer in Ghana. The story he tells of how biometrics were adapted by Ghana’s election officials and voters is a case study for how to conduct analyses of “user localization strategies” for our field. —Tharon W. Howard, Professor of Professional Communication and Rhetoric and Director of the Usability Testing Facility, Clemson University, USA Dr. Dorpenyo’s unique perspective and robust analysis of the adoption and use of biometric in Ghana’s elections illustrates how users adapted this technology for their social, cultural, physical, and political contexts using linguistic, subversive, and user-heuristic localizations. This work, situated at the intersections of technical communication, civic engagement, social justice, user experience, and localization earns its significance by pointing out the importance of election technologies in non-western cultures and providing us with rhetorical localization strategies to consider within cultural technical communication. —Michelle F. Eble, Associate Professor of Technical and Professional Communication, East Carolina University, USA This book examines Ghana’s use of the fingerprint biometric technology in order to further conversations about localization championed by technical communication scholars. Localization, in this case, refers to the extent to which users demonstrate their knowledge of use by subverting and reconfiguring the purpose of technology to solve local problems. Dorpenyo argues that the success of a technology depends on how it meets the users’ needs and the creative efforts users put into use situations. In User Localization Strategies in the Face of Technological Breakdown, Dorpenyo advocates studying how users of technological systems construct knowledge about the technology and develop local strategies to solve technological breakdowns. By analyzing technical documents and interview transcripts, the author identifies and advances three user localization strategies: linguistic localization, subversive localization, and user-heuristic experience localization, and considers how biometric systems can become a tool of marginalization.


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Beyond official development assistance : chinese development cooperation and african agriculture
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ISBN: 9813295074 9813295066 Year: 2020 Publisher: Gateway East, Singapore : Palgrave Macmillan,

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This book investigates China’s contemporary development cooperation mentality and modality through the case of its agricultural engagement with Africa. It identifies three models, namely traditional agro-aid, innovative agro-aid and agribusiness models, of Chinese current agro-development cooperation with Africa, and unpacks the different models by tracing their historical origins and examining the actual practice based on project-level fieldwork conducted in Mozambique and South Africa. The book provides a preliminary and qualitative evaluation of China’s current agro-development cooperation with Africa, and explains the ‘implementation gaps’ as observed on the ground adopting a public policy approach. It also compares the Chinese way of development cooperation with that of the traditional donors (particularly the OECD-DAC members), and calls for a broadening understanding for international development cooperation that can allow win-win ideology and embrace diversified cooperation forms beyond the official development assistance (ODA). Lu Jiang is a research fellow of the International Development Cooperation Academy based at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, and a research associate with Fudan Development Institute in Shanghai. She gained her PhD degree in International Relations at London School of Economics and Political Science.


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Internal Security Management in Nigeria : Perspectives, Challenges and Lessons
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ISBN: 9811382158 Year: 2019 Publisher: Singapore : Springer Singapore : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan,

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This book explores the disturbing dimensions of the problem of insecurity in Nigeria, such as herdsmen violence, the Boko Haram insurgency, cybercrime, militancy in the Niger Delta, communal conflict and violence, as well as police corruption. It offers a comprehensive discussion of the theoretical foundations of internal security, the threats to internal security, the role of formal and informal agencies in internal security management and the challenges of internal security management.

NGOs and the Millennium Development Goals : Citizen Action to Reduce Poverty
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ISBN: 140397974X 1349538329 9786611363062 1281363065 0230604935 Year: 2007 Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan US : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan,

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This book examines general Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) roles and comparative advantages in the broad fight to end global poverty, as well as roles and opportunities specific to particular Millennium Development Goals sectors.

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