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World Development Report 2017

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Editor: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 1464809518
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Why are carefully designed, sensible policies too often not adopted or implemented? When they are, why do they often fail to generate development outcomes such as security, growth, and equity? And why do some bad policies endure? World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law addresses these fundamental questions, which are at the heart of development. Policy making and policy implementation do not occur in a vacuum. Rather, they take place in complex political and social settings, in which individuals and groups with unequal power interact within changing rules as they pursue conflicting interests. The process of these interactions is what this Report calls governance, and the space in which these interactions take place, the policy arena. The capacity of actors to commit and their willingness to cooperate and coordinate to achieve socially desirable goals are what matter for effectiveness. However, who bargains, who is excluded, and what barriers block entry to the policy arena determine the selection and implementation of policies and, consequently, their impact on development outcomes. Exclusion, capture, and clientelism are manifestations of power asymmetries that lead to failures to achieve security, growth, and equity. The distribution of power in society is partly determined by history. Yet, there is room for positive change. This Report reveals that governance can mitigate, even overcome, power asymmetries to bring about more effective policy interventions that achieve sustainable improvements in security, growth, and equity. This happens by shifting the incentives of those with power, reshaping their preferences in favor of good outcomes, and taking into account the interests of previously excluded participants. These changes can come about through bargains among elites and greater citizen engagement, as well as by international actors supporting rules that strengthen coalitions for reform.

Crying for Our Elders

Crying for Our Elders Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kristen E. Cheney
Editor: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022643768X
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Crying for Our Elders by Kristen E. Cheney Summary

The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa has defined the childhoods of an entire generation. Over the past twenty years, international NGOs and charities have devoted immense attention to the millions of African children orphaned by the disease. But in Crying for Our Elders, anthropologist Kristen E. Cheney argues that these humanitarian groups have misread the ‘orphan crisis’. She explains how the global humanitarian focus on orphanhood often elides the social and political circumstances that actually present the greatest adversity to vulnerable children—in effect deepening the crisis and thereby affecting children’s lives as irrevocably as HIV/AIDS itself. Through ethnographic fieldwork and collaborative research with children in Uganda, Cheney traces how the “best interest” principle that governs children’s’ rights can stigmatize orphans and leave children in the post-antiretroviral era even more vulnerable to exploitation. She details the dramatic effects this has on traditional family support and child protection and stresses child empowerment over pity. Crying for Our Elders advances current discussions on humanitarianism, children’s studies, orphanhood, and kinship. By exploring the unique experience of AIDS orphanhood through the eyes of children, caregivers, and policymakers, Cheney shows that despite the extreme challenges of growing up in the era of HIV/AIDS, the post-ARV generation still holds out hope for the future.

The Oral Tradition of the Baganda of Uganda

The Oral Tradition of the Baganda of Uganda Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Immaculate N. Kizza
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 0786456051
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The Oral Tradition of the Baganda of Uganda by Immaculate N. Kizza Summary

The Baganda people of Uganda enjoy an extraordinarily rich oral tradition, which serves as a window into their culture, history, and experiences as a people. This comprehensive, multigenre work is both a study of the Baganda people’s oral literature—framed within the broader contexts of the African oral tradition genre, modern African literature, and global literary studies—and a collection of representative stories. Cultural explanations throughout the text explore the living culture of this unique East African nation. Particular attention is paid to the history of Uganda, thus placing the oral tradition within its proper context. An appendix offers sample Luganda songs.

The Green Cross of Kafira

The Green Cross of Kafira Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Imbuga, Francis
Editor: Bookmark Africa
ISBN: 9966055398
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The Green Cross of Kafira by Imbuga, Francis Summary

In his last play published posthumously the late Francis Imbuga presents the dramatic dialogue of his characters as mind games. In addition to using a narrator, Sikia Macho, to fill us in on the broken politics of Kafira, centring around detention without trial, Imbuga deliberately delays the inciting action, the formation of the Green Party of Kafira which then challenges the hitherto political monolith called the National Party. The candidate of the new party, former detainee Pastor Mgei, wins the election, and thereby dethrones the so-called Chief of Chiefs. In The Green Cross of Kafira, Imbuga, with a renewed sense of urgency, addresses the theme of dictatorship in Africa, and completes his trilogy of the Kafira plays which begins with Betrayal in the city followed by Man of Kafira.

The Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy

The Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Adeshina Afolayan,Toyin Falola
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 1137592915
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The Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy by Adeshina Afolayan,Toyin Falola Summary

This handbook investigates the current state and future possibilities of African Philosophy, as a discipline and as a practice, vis-à-vis the challenge of African development and Africa’s place in a globalized, neoliberal capitalist economy. The volume offers a comprehensive survey of the philosophical enterprise in Africa, especially with reference to current discourses, arguments and new issues—feminism and gender, terrorism and fundamentalism, sexuality, development, identity, pedagogy and multidisciplinarity, etc.—that are significant for understanding how Africa can resume its arrested march towards decolonization and liberation.

Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society [3 volumes]

Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society [3 volumes] Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Toyin Falola Ph.D.,Daniel Jean-Jacques
Editor: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598846663
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Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society [3 volumes] by Toyin Falola Ph.D.,Daniel Jean-Jacques Summary

These volumes offer a one-stop resource for researching the lives, customs, and cultures of Africa's nations and peoples. • Supplies entries that are more extensive than in most comparable encyclopedic works • Arranges content alphabetically by country, then by topic, with suggestions for further reading following each • Includes contributions from numerous eminent scholars of African history • Provides a clear African voice via entries from scholars from the African continent

Religion in Gender-Based Violence, Immigration, and Human Rights

Religion in Gender-Based Violence, Immigration, and Human Rights Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Mary Nyangweso,Jacob K. Olupona
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 0429945353
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Religion in Gender-Based Violence, Immigration, and Human Rights by Mary Nyangweso,Jacob K. Olupona Summary

This book builds on work that examines the interactions between immigration and gender-based violence, to explore how both the justification and condemnation of violence in the name of religion further complicates our societal relationships. Violence has been described as a universal challenge that is rooted in the social formation process. As humans seek to exert power on the other, conflict occurs. Gender based violence, immigration, and religious values have often intersected where patriarchy-based power is exerted on the other. An international panel of contributors take a multidisciplinary approach to investigating three central themes. Firstly, the intersection between religion, immigration, domestic violence, and human rights. Secondly, the possibility of collaboration between various social units for the protection of immigrants’ human rights. Finally, the need to integrate faith-based initiatives and religious leaders into efforts to transform attitude formation and general social behavior. This is a wide-ranging and multi-layered examination of the role of religion in gender-based violence and immigration. As such, it will be of keen interest to academics working in religious studies, gender studies, politics, and ethics.

Post-Colonial Drama

Post-Colonial Drama Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Helen Gilbert,Joanne Tompkins
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134876998
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Post-Colonial Drama by Helen Gilbert,Joanne Tompkins Summary

Post-Colonial Drama is the first full-length study to address the ways in which performance has been instrumental in resisting the continuing effects of imperialism. It brings to bear the latest theoretical approaches from post-colonial and performance studies to a range of plays from Australia, Africa, Canada, New Zealand, the Caribbean and other former colonial regions. Some of the major topics discussed in Post-Colonial Drama include: * the interactions of post-colonial and performance theories * the post-colonial re-stagings of language and history * the specific enactments of ritual and carnival * the theatrical citations of the post-colonial body Post-Colonial Drama combines a rich intersection of theoretical approaches with close attention to a wide range of performance texts.

Africa Writes Back to Self

Africa Writes Back to Self Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Evan Mwangi
Editor: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438426976
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Africa Writes Back to Self by Evan Mwangi Summary

Explores the metafictional strategies of contemporary African novels rather than characterizing them primarily as a response to colonialism.

Encyclopedia of African Literature

Encyclopedia of African Literature Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Simon Gikandi
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134582226
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Encyclopedia of African Literature by Simon Gikandi Summary

The most comprehensive reference work on African literature to date, this book covers all the key historical and cultural issues in the field. The Encyclopedia contains over 600 entries covering criticism and theory, African literature's development as a field of scholarship, and studies of established and lesser-known writers and their texts. While the greatest proportion of literary work in Africa has been a product of the twentieth century, the Encyclopedia also covers the literature back to the earliest eras of story-telling and oral transmission, making this a unique and valuable resource for those studying social sciences as well as humanities. This work includes cross-references, suggestions for further reading, and a comprehensive index.