NEPAD: The African Development Strategy for Transformation

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Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Mammo Muchie

The millennial turning point has been a time for concentrating attention to inject optimistic ambitions and project wishes for better possibilities and hope everywhere. Africa was no exception to this exuberant temper of wish, hope and possibility. In fact it has attracted a considerable constellation of actors who have been making a variety of good wishes for Africa to claim the 21st century reflecting largely their own particular views. For their part, African leaders marked the millennial transition by converting the Organization of African Unity into the African Union in 2000. A year later the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) came on the scene and it has been widely seen as being sponsored by the heads of states of South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal and Algeria. These two initiatives are on offer supposedly to bring about the much elusive political (via AU) and economic (via NEPAD) structural transformation of the continent. The AU aspires to build and strengthen political unification and solidarity amongst African states and peoples. Can we say for sure that the AU has made Africa, and that what remains is the task of making the people Africans? Can we say for sure that NEPAD provides the development agenda to make Africa and Africans? Or is NEPAD an old wine in new bottles hoping to emancipate, unify and develop Africa with a priority of building “partnership” with donors? What is new? the donors, the African leaders extending a welcoming hand to donors to participate in the overriding project of setting the African development agenda and providing the bulk of the finances, and the ideas to bring Africa’s “self-reliant” economic transformation through market and business entrepreneurial activities?

Corporate Author: Alemayehu Seyoum(Editor) & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Publisher: Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
Primary Descriptors: New Partnership for Africa’s Development
Secondary Descriptor: Africa- Foreign economic relations
Geographic Descriptors: Africa
Cataloge Date: 02/27/2013
Broad Subject heading: Africa -Economic condition
Call Number: 330.963 PRO 2004
Serial Key Title: Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
Publication catagory: International Conference
Content type: EEA Publication
Volume: I
Publication date: 2013-05-27 00:00:00
Forum or Discussion date: 2013-02-27 00:00:00
PDF file: Mammo Muchie_NEPAD.pdf
Place of publication: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material: Book
Current frequency: Annualy
Author: Mammo Muchie

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