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Africa in Transition eBook edition
Africa in Transition eBook edition
Manufacturer Number: 978-0-9984796-3-7

Africa in Transition

A New Way of Looking at Progress in the Region

Ejeviome Eloho Otobo

"In this very interesting and illuminating book, Otobo makes a significant contribution to improving our understanding of Africa's development performance. He offers a new way of looking at the development prospects of individual countries by focusing on the three structural constraints which have impeded their past performance and still cast a long shadow over their development prospects. This book should be a required reading by African policy makers and students of African affairs."
-Lalla Aicha Ben-Barka
Former Assistant Director-General for Africa at UNESCO

"This is an unreservedly compelling, insightful and innovative interpretation of progress by African countries. Otobo has drawn on his very rich and diverse experience in working on African issues in his country and at the United Nations to paint a vivid picture of the challenges that African countries face and what must be done to overcome them. The range and depth of issues covered in this book make it a must read for leaders at the regional, national and subnational levels."
-Abdalla Hamdok
Acting Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Excerpts from the Book
African countries have made considerable progress in the past decade and half. However, conventional analyses of progress or lack thereof in Africa have focused on either political or economic trends separately. Seldom are the two brought together, and even much rarer is the case when the political stability, organisational capacity, and scientific and technological dimensions are combined to offer a comprehensive rather than a fractal view of the prospects of individual African countries. By integrating the stability, organisational, and scientific and technological perspectives, it is possible to gain considerable insight into the factors that will shape the futures of African countries and, more importantly, present a composite picture of the progress of each country. Such an approach will obviate the wild swings between "Hopeless Africa", "Africa Rising", and "Africa Reeling" narratives. Thus, the triple transitions and triple deficits frameworks, examined in this book, represent a new way of looking at progress in the region, inasmuch as they help to highlight the complexity and diversity of the performance of the countries in the region.
Ejeviome Eloho Otobo (1951-2022) was a Non-Resident Senior Expert in Peacebuilding and Global Economic Policy at the Global Governance Institute, Brussels, Belgium. He had previously held the position of Director and Deputy Head of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, where he also acted as Assistant Secretary-General from February to August 2009.

ISBNs: 978-0-9984796-2-0 (Paperback) -- 978-0-9984796-3-7 (e-Book edition)
Trim size: 6 X 9
Page Count: 374pp