ISBN 9780798303873
Pages 564
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2013
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

The African Union Ten Years After

Solving African Problems with Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance

edited by Mammo Muchie, Phindile Lukhele-Olorunju , Oghenerobor B. Akpor

This book looks at the first ten years of the African Union. This is the second in a series of books that will be produced each year from annual conferences held on the multi-faceted issue of African liberation. The key themes of the book explore ways of improving the effectiveness of the African Union, fostering unity amongst African countries through entrenchment of pan-Africanism, and building ownership of the African Union by the African people and their communities. In addition, the thoughts of key figures of pan-Africanism and black emancipation, such as Sylvester Williams and Franz Fanon, are re-positioned to even greater contemporary relevance. Through its promotion of Ethiopianism, pan-Africanism and the African renaissance, we trust that this book will add new interest and a fresh perspective to how Africans move forward together into a post-colonial era where policies and actions are determined by the united agency of liberated Africans the world over.

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"This book provides a wide ranging exposition of the possible ways in which Africans, including the Diaspora, can and should devise their own solutions to the myriad of developmental imperatives and political challenges facing the continent this century. Recognising Africa’s common history and destiny, it argues for the reconfiguration and consolidation of the African Union and a revamping of national polities to enable its people to address the sorely needed continental integration towards substantive, internally articulated and self-financed development. The authors identify intellectual, educational and technological transformation, corrupt-free and inclusive governance processes, enhancing the role of women and sustainable agricultural, natural resources and renewable energy development, as critical factors of progressive change. The book essentially broadens the frontier of African philosophy in search of the African Renaissance, through debates grounded in various perspectives on pan-African identity, emancipation and self-actualisation. It is a must read for scholars, students, policy makers and educators across the globe."

Professor Sam Moyo, Africa Institute of Agrarian Studies, Harare, Zimbabwe

"At a time when the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity, which was later to transmute to the African Union at the beginning of the new millennium, is being commemorated, this book allows for a deep refl ection on the quest for an all-round renewal on the continent. The ideas debated within its covers offer much food for thought which readers will find both enriching and stimulating."

Professor Adebayo Olukoshi, African Institute for Economic Development and Planning, Dakar, Senegal

About the Editors

Mammo Muchie

Mammo Muchie is currently a Professor of Technology Innovation studies at the Tshwane University of Technology, where he heads a SARChi Chair on Innovation Studies, South Africa.

Phindile Lukhele-Olorunju

Phindile Lukhele-Olorunju is a professor and current interim CEO at the African Institute of South Africa (AISA). She has worked as a researcher in agricultural research institutions and lectured at three universities – in Swaziland, Nigeria and South Africa.

Oghenerobor B. Akpor

Oghenerobor B. Akpor is a research fellow at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa. His research interests are water and innovation, water and wastewater treatment and water quality management.