African Engagements: Africa Negotiating an Emerging by Ton Dietz et al.

By Ton Dietz et al.

With the top of the chilly battle, the realm looked as if it would circulation from a bipolar to a unipolar procedure, with the neoliberal West globally implementing its legislation. even though, it's been said that different actors, reminiscent of China, India and Brazil, became more and more influential, aiding to steer to a brand new multipolarity on the worldwide point. The query of what this rising multipolarity skill for Africa is critical. Will Africa turn into beaten in a mounting fight over uncooked fabrics and political hegemony among superpowers and fall sufferer to a brand new scramble for Africa? Or does this new old conjuncture provide African nations and teams higher room for negotiation and manoeuvring, ultimately resulting in more desirable democracy and stronger progress? The chapters during this quantity provide nutrients for concept on how Africas engagements with the area are presently being reshaped and revalued, and, importantlyon whose phrases?

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In summary, without changing these fundamentals, it is impossible to expect initiatives like NEPAD to pass through a participatory process. The second theme of criticism is NEPAD’s development paradigm, which is understood to be neoliberalism. Some commentators have pointed out that NEPAD’s reliance on foreign aid leads to a reproduction of colonial/dependency relationships (Adedeji 2002). Others have contended that, as experiences of countries such as Argentina indicate, foreign direct investment (FDI) is a hazardous means to build Africa’s economy (Tandon 2002: 21).

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One of its ambitious projects, for instance, is designed to link all African countries to the global information superhighway through transoceanic fibre-optic cables. In the political sphere, NEPAD introduced a Peer Review Mechanism to streamline governance processes in individual African countries. The purpose of this article is to mark out the trends of political engagement in Africa by taking NEPAD as an illustration. The relevant literature frames the issues pertaining to NEPAD in terms of neocolonialism and subordination of Africa to the West (Adediji 2002).

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