There is now real optimism of the prospects of Africa reclaiming the 21st century given its recent sterling growth performance and the number of successful reforms undertaken. There have been considerable and noticeable efforts to invest in innovation, infrastructure, integration, institutions and a revamp of incentive systems to develop new values that allow for transparency, accountability and greater social inclusion. New forms of leaderships have emerged at various social levels and institutions to drive a development agenda based on peerlearning and knowledgesharing. Africa, in so doing, is unearthing deep skills and the reaping lowhanging fruits needed to speed its ambitions to attain the Millennium Development Goals MDGs and sustainable development. This broad development agenda has required Africa to adopt strategic and practical solutions to the development challenges it faces. This volume interrogates a number of issues that are crucial for the attainment of sustainable development in Africa a responsive governance framework, the demographic transition and youth bulge, conflict and related dynamics such as disarmament and demobilisation, capacity building in postconflict and fragile states, the role of donors in enhancing or otherwise local development efforts, the need to understand the softerside of capacity development and above all the role of savvy and strategic leadership. Understanding these issues and beyond, by organizations like the African Capacity Building Foundation ACBF, will determine whether Africa will achieve its development ambitions in the very near future.
World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 1, 2011
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