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Development In AfricaRefocusing the lens after the Millennium Development Goals$
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Hany Besada and Timothy M. Shaw

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447328537

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447328537.001.0001

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African development, political economy and the road to Agenda 2063

African development, political economy and the road to Agenda 2063

(p.365) Thirteen African development, political economy and the road to Agenda 2063
Development In Africa

George Kararach

Hany Besada

Timothy Shaw

Policy Press

There are dangers of over-simplification when discussing the development challenges and opportunities facing a continent as vast as Africa at a given point in time! Africa is made up of 54 disparate countries in five regions, and is not a single monolithic whole. The 2014 Ebola crisis in three countries in West Africa once again revealed the tendency of those outside the continent to classify it as a distinct entity. Despite the frequent allusion to a new “Scramble for Africa”, the continent is planning, managing and starting to finance its own destiny, as it attempts to reclaim the twenty-first century. After 2015 Africa anticipates a future that is not just fraught with challenges but also with opportunities. Africa’s vision for the future as it looks beyond the MDGs has been endorsed by Heads of States in the name of Agenda 2063, forming the core element for shaping development conversations for the next 50 years or so.

Keywords:   Ebola, MDGs, Agenda 2063, Scramble for Africa, development

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