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Africa Day 2016 - Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This month, following our commemoration of Europe Day last year, we are pleased to support Africa Day on 25th May. Africa Day marks the day when the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor to the current African Union, was formed in 1963 after representatives of 32 governments signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The union has expanded over the years and now consists of 54 countries from across the continent.


Each year, Africa Day aims to celebrate African unity and encourage reflection on both the progress that has been made and the challenges, such as armed conflict and poverty, which still remain to be addressed.

Africa Day is celebrated not only across the continent but also in the diaspora, with events taking place from the United Kingdom and Ireland to Australia and New Zealand.


To mark Africa Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles on Africa. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

“If in the past the Sahara divided us, now it unites us,” Kwame Nkrumah declared more than half a century ago. A continental union government, Nkrumah was convinced, would ensure that Africa ended the divisions created by the trilogy of the enslavement, colonization and neo-colonization of Africans. Nkrumah was concerned by other divisions as well, specifically those created by time, history, nature, and, above all, Africans themselves, such as ethnic, racial and religious discrimination, classism, sexism, and ageism, as well as atavistic and backward traditional practices, including “tribalism” and patriarchy. Africa’s Many Divides and Africa’s Future: Pursuing Nkrumah’s Vision of Pan-Africanism in an Era of Globalization is a collection of papers presented at the first and second Kwame Nkrumah International Conferences. This volume contextualizes Nkrumah’s pan-Africanist agenda within the neo-liberal global project and against the backdrop of the current global economic and political ferment.

Contextualizing Indigenous Knowledge in Africa and its Diaspora proposes a wholesale adoption of African Indigenous Knowledge Systems as a paradigm for Africa’s renewal and freedom from the whims of foreign interests. These systems, as argued here, involve balancing short-term thinking and immediate gratification with longer-term planning for future generations of Africans and the continent’s diaspora. The book will be of interest to anyone concerned with development studies in Africa and its diaspora, as it offers plausible solutions to Africa’s chronic developmental problems that can only be provided from within Africa, rather than through the intervention of external third parties. As such, it provides vital contributions to the ongoing search for viable answers to the challenges that Africa faces today.

What is the state of governance in sub-Saharan Africa? Is it possible to identify the best practices and approaches to establishing political systems that promote accountability, transparency, peace, and civic space for all? These are the questions addressed in Growing Democracy in Africa, which critically examines the record on democratization in Africa thus far, and seeks a new, integrated, focused approach to the study of governance. Considered in a democratic framework, the concept of governance can be employed to cast light on accountability issues in several arenas, four of which are considered in detail in this volume: institutions and the rule of law; constitution-making, elections, and political conflict settlement; distribution of power and citizenship; and political economy and corruption. The discussions contained herein and the various challenges, achievements, and lessons outlined will contribute to research, inform teaching, and lead to a greater understanding of the issues of democratic consolidation and economic development in Africa.


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