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Africa Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow : Exploring the Multi-dimensional Discourses on “Development”

February 10-11, 2012
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

While other regions in the global South are making headway in economic growth, Africa seems to be caught-up in a development quagmire.

On the economic front, most African countries are marred with inept economic policies exacerbated by unfavourable IMF/World Bank lending programs. Politically, the excesses of authoritarian regimes have resulted in protracted civil and ethnic wars, institutional collapse, and destruction of civil society and democratic accountability.

Human security is at its record low with most African countries at the bottom of the UNDP human development index.

Looking beyond the gloomy realities enumerated above, we seek to take a step further to find viable multi-dimensional solutions to these myriad development problems.

Based on the premise that we forget the past at the detriment of the future, historicizing the debate is of utmost importance ; thus, it is opportune that this conference coincides with Black History Month- a month that emphasizes African identity and emancipation.

However, while unearthing the colonial imprints, we aim to move beyond the construction of ‘Africa as tragedy’ to explore the alternatives and possibilities that lie ahead.


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Publié le 28 novembre 2011