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Rethinking the Idea of Sustainable Development in Africa

Rethinking the Idea of Sustainable Development in Africa
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Author(s): Vitalis Chukwuemeka Ugwu (Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 9
Source title: Handbook of Research on Connecting Philosophy, Media, and Development in Developing Countries
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Desmond Onyemechi Okocha (Bingham University, Nigeria), Melchizedec J. Onobe (Bingham University, Nigeria) and Mirian Ngozi Alike (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-4107-7.ch028


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Africa has a long history of exogenous development initiatives usually directed at addressing various developmental challenges in the continent. For instance, at the dawn of the 21st century, there was the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) meant to address the indignity of poverty especially in Africa. After that, came the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Like the MDGs before it, the objective of NEPAD was to eradicate poverty and place Africa on a sustainable process of development. The latest in the list of these development initiatives was the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meant again to address the issues of poverty, hunger, health, gender equality, among others. However, in spite of this long history of exogenous development initiatives, Africa remains largely underdeveloped – a pointer to something intrinsically and specially wrong with Africa. This chapter therefore calls for a more endogenous approach to tackling African development challenges as the continent has peculiar problems requiring endogenous solutions.

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