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Title:Africa in the new millennium
Editors:Nzongola-Ntalaja, GeorgesISNI
Suttner, RaymondISNI
Series:Discussion paper
City of publisher:Uppsala
Publisher:Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
Geographic term:Africa
political economy
global economy
conference papers (form)
External link:http://nai.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:248846
Abstract:Introduced by Raymond Suttner, the following contributions were prepared for a one-day workshop on Africa in the new millennium (Stockholm, May 2001). Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja argues that three contentious issues are particularly relevant for an understanding of the limited achievement and, in some cases, tragic outcomes of the African quest for democracy. These issues centre on the reluctance of incumbents to leave office, the persistence of ethnicity/the national question, and the problem of poverty, unemployment and social exclusion. In his commentary, Adebayo Olukoshi criticizes Nzongola-Ntalaja for instrumentalizing democracy. His own assessment of the future political prospects of Africa is less pessimistic. Yusuf Bangura explores the contradiction between Africa's high levels of global integration in policy and institutional reforms and marginality in trade, finance, production, communication and macroeconomic outcomes. He argues that strategies for productive engagement with the world system require State capacity for autonomous policymaking, governance reform for political stability and democratization, and social welfare and dialogue. Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa argues that what Africa needs most in this age of globalization is the ability to market itself to the rest of the world.