1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of African Development

ISBN 9781138890299
Published April 22, 2018 by Routledge
700 Pages 55 B/W Illustrations

USD $245.00

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Book Description

This handbook presents an extensive new overview of African development – past, present and future. It addresses key core themes and topics that are pertinent to the continent’s development – including sections on history, health and food, politics, economics, rural and urban development, and development policy and practice.

The volume draws on the expertise of over 60 of the world’s leading scholars to provide a detailed and up-to-date analysis of the key opportunities and challenges that confront Africa, and how such issues are being addressed. Arranged by key themes, the handbook provides not only a historical understanding of the past, but also political perspectives on the future. The chapters provide critically informed analyses of their topics by drawing upon the latest conceptual viewpoints and applied experiences in Africa in the form of case studies to offer a comprehensive examination of the opportunities, challenges, key debates and future prospects.

This handbook is an invaluable state-of-the-art overview and reference concerning many different aspects of Africa’s development, which will be of interest to academics in all fields of African studies, and also academics and students working in cognate disciplines such as development studies, geography, history, politics and economics.

Table of Contents


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List of contributors


Section 1

Introduction and context


1 Introduction

Tony Binns, Etienne Nel and Kenneth Lynch

2 African perspectives on development

Richard Vokes

3 The African idea of development

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni


Section 2



4 Colonial Africa

Erik Green

5 Post-independence Africa: challenges and opportunities

Tanya Lyons and David Jolley


Section 3

Social perspectives


6 Demographic characteristics, migration and employment-seeking behaviour: a case study of Ghana

Joseph K. Assan, Dinar D. Kharisma and Afia A. Adaboh

7 Gender and development in Africa: a 50-year journey from women in development to gender justice

Hazel Barrett

8 Inequality in Africa

Philip Nel

9 Education

David Stephens

10 Children

Nicola Ansell

11 Diaspora

Ben Page and Claire Mercer


Section 4



12 Health challenges

Kenneth Lynch

13 The African HIV/AIDS epidemic: is the end in sight?

Hazel Barrett

14 Food insecurity and famine

Stephen Devereux

15 Access to essential medicines in Africa

Aarti Patel


Section 5



16 Water resources and development

Clive Agnew

17 Wetlands

Alan Dixon

18 Conservation and people

Fiona Nunan

19 Ecosystem services in Africa

Rebecca Kariuki, Rob Marchant and Simon Willcock


Section 6

Development issues


20 African development: ‘Hopeless Africa’, ‘Africa Rising’, or somewhere in between?

Tony Binns and Etienne Nel

21 Regional integration

Olivier Walther

22 The Millennium Development Goals

John Briggs

23 Africa’s natural resource corner and BRICS

Ian Taylor

24 Aid and debt

John Serieux

25 Faith in development in sub-Saharan Africa

Emma Tomalin and Adriaan van Klinken


Section 7

Rural Africa


26 Land tenure

Jon D. Unruh

27 Deagrarianisation and depeasantisation in Africa

Deborah Fahy Bryceson

28 Rural development

Simon Milligan and Sam Kareithi

29 Rural marketing in sub-Saharan Africa: some current issues

Gina Porter

30 Rural–urban interaction and development in Africa

Kenneth Lynch


Section 8

Urban Africa


31 The politics of urban management and planning in African cities

Andrea Rigon, Joseph M. Macarthy, Braima Koroma and Alexandre Apsan Frediani

32 Housing in Africa

Kamna Patel

33 Perspectives on urban employment in Africa: the case of informal solid waste management in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Danny Simatele

34 Food security in African cities: linking urban food production with good urban governance

Alec Thornton

35 The future and Africa’s cities

Garth Myers


Section 9

Economic perspectives


36 Africa’s extreme uneven development worsens during global economic turmoil

Patrick Bond

37 Financial sector development, foreign direct investment and economic growth in Africa

David Fielding

38 Agriculture

Roy Maconachie

39 Mining

Roy Maconachie

40 Supporting the SMME economy of sub-Saharan Africa: a role for business incubation

Christian M. Rogerson

41 Africa’s tourism economy: uneven progress and challenges

Christian M. Rogerson and Jayne M. Rogerson

42 Transport

Gina Porter

43 Land-grabbing in Africa

Simon Batterbury and Frankline Ndi

44 The economics of and prospects for China’s Africa return

Lauren A. Johnston


Section 10

Political perspectives on Africa’s development


45 Government: African development beyond ‘good governance’

David Booth

46 Conflict and post-conflict

Hazel Cameron

47 Human rights in Africa: impasse, backsliding, or forwards?

Peris Jones

48 The International Criminal Court in Africa

Jonathan Hobson

49 Corruption

Philip Nel


Section 11



50 Conclusion: looking forward

Tony Binns, Etienne Nel and Kenneth Lynch





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Tony Binns is Ron Lister Professor of Geography at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and Visiting Professorial Fellow in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

Kenneth Lynch is a Reader in Geography in the School of Natural and Social Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire, UK.

Etienne Nel is a Professor of Geography at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and Visiting Research Fellow, College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.


"This Handbook represents a distinctively authoritative compendium of expertise addressing contemporary Africa. Attention focuses on the diverse conditions prevailing today, explanations of how they have arisen and are understood in theoretical and practical terms, and what future prospects are likely to hold. The attention to African perspectives, often distinguished from those of outsiders, as manifest in most development theory, international policy discourse and policy, is particularly welcome. The essays are clearly written and will provide an invaluable guide to those wishing to understand Africa and its place in the world." - David Simon, Director of Mistra Urban Futures, Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden and Professor of Development Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK