AFRICA ON THE RISE: PROSPECTS FOR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Professor Robert Rotberg, founding Director, Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Intrastate Conflict, President Emeritus of the World Peace Foundation, Inaugural Fulbright Chair in Political Development, Carleton University
This course will demonstrate how sub-Saharan Africa is emerging successfully from its long era of stagnation, conflict and troubled democracy to provide prosperity and real hope for its peoples. It will discuss prospects for future economic growth, for political and social success and for the creation of a new middle class. It will consider prospects for a demographic dividend as populations expand and cities grow and fill with young people, reducing conflict and social ills. Health and educational requirements, the contribution of mobile phones to change, China’s important role, good governance, good leadership, and the role that South Africa can play in the new Africa, will all be explored.
1. Africa’s new prosperity: rapid growth and more to come
2. The coming population explosion and its consequences
3. The mobile telephone revolution and its impact on health and educational reforms
4. China’s role for good and ill
5. Governance, leadership and the role of South Africa
Rotberg, R.I. 2013. Africa Emerges: Consummate Challenges, Abundant Opportunities. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Mills, G. 2010. Why Africa is Poor. Johannesburg: Penguin Books.
Herbst, J. 2000. States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Course code: 1043
Date & time: 20–24 January 7.30 pm