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Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, offers a refreshingly unique perspective on the challenges facing Africa, even as she calls for a moral revolution among Africans themselves, who, she argues, are culturally deracinated, adrift between worlds.The troubles of Africa today are severe and wide-ranging. Yet what we see of them in the media, more often than not, are tableaux vivantes connoting poverty, dependence, and desperation. Wangari Maathai presents a different vision, informed by her three decades as an environmental activist and campaigner for democracy. She illuminates the complex and dynamic nature of the continent, and offers "hardheaded hope" and "realistic options" for change and improvement. With clarity of expression, Maathai analyzes the most egregious "bottlenecks to development in Africa," occurring at the international, national, and individual levels--cultural upheaval and enduring poverty among them--and deftly describes what Africans can and need to do for themselves, stressing all the while responsibility and accountability.Impassioned and empathetic, The Challenge for Africa is a book of immense importance.From the Hardcover edition.

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The challenge for Africa
2009, Pantheon Books
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The Challenge for Africa
2009, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Table of Contents

The farmers of Yaoundé
The legacy of colonialism
The three-legged stool
Aid and the international community
The challenge of leadership
Moving the social machine
The rediscovery of culture
African identity and the nation state
Honoring the micro-nations
Whose land?
The forest for the trees
Saving the Congo

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


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Library of Congress
JQ1875 .M33 2009

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p. cm.

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