Call For Abstracts On Post-Independence Development And Economic Inclusion In Africa

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Call For Abstracts On Post-Independence Development And Economic Inclusion In Africa

Interested contributors are requested to send abstracts abstract of 250 words on Post-Independence Development and Economic Inclusion in Africa. The papers will be for a book to be published by Springer. Pindula News presents the invitation below:

Call for papers for a book to be published by Springer

Edited by: David Mhlanga (PhD) Emmanuel Ndhlovu (PhD)

Post-Independence Development and Economic Inclusion in Africa

At the height of political transformation in Africa, that is, in the 1960s and 70s, several countries embarked upon a number of development and economic policies as part of an effort to improve the conditions of their populations whose lives and livelihoods had been disrupted and shattered down by Europe’s colonial expedition. The political trends were largely leftist, partly as a response to colonial countries which the new African leaders viewed as principally capitalist and an economic threat to Africa’s development. The majority of the development and economic policies which were pursued were thus, state-controlled, often involving central planning and a large public sector.

Immediately after independence, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, and later Ethiopia adopted socialist thought and embarked on a centrally-planned socialist development strategy. The mounting appeal of socialism and the central planning model in general, and of public enterprises in particular, emerged from the acknowledgement that the public sector is a key instrument that the state could utilize in the realisation of sustainable inclusive development. Furthermore, nationalist African leaders embraced a state-controlled development strategy because it provided them with the opportunity to control private and foreign enterprises, which they considered agents of exploitation and domination.

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African leaders were eager to bring their countries up to the socio-economic level of other modern nations with social service systems for health, education, and welfare. However, the centralised development strategy produced mixed results. While it worked for countries such as Mozambique, in most countries, it did not only hinder economic growth but also created subtle bureaucratic systems that became an impediment to development. In responding to this problem, many African countries introduced economic and political reforms that include liberalization of the economy and democratization of their polity. They also embraced the Structural Adjustment Program and limited the role of the state to the provision of some services while private initiative and ownership and the role of the market was encouraged.

Regrettably, the results of the reform were not satisfactory as had been envisaged. Social safety nets, whether traditional or government-supported, were often been pulled apart. Public social programmes, such as education and health services, slowed or ground to a halt, while at the same time unemployment or underemployment increased because of privatisation schemes and the decrease of government subsidies to state-run enterprises. African countries which were already burdened with foreign debt felt the pain most acutely. The problem was finding socio-economic development models that applied to a mainly agricultural region in contrast to the welfare systems of industrial countries.

This book seeks to give a detailed and chronological account of post-independence development and economic inclusion debates and facts in Africa to increase knowledge and hope

The book targets contributions from early career scholars and students. There are no limits to the topics that may be explored. However, contributors should focus on the post-independence period, i.e., from the 1960s onwards. Possible topics include the following:

• Development theories in post-independence Africa • Socio-economic development in post-independence Africa • Economic inclusion • Financial Inclusion • Politics • Economic Structural Adjustment Programmes • Livelihoods Activities • Gender • Migration

Interested contributors should send a paper title and abstract of 250 words by the deadline.


Abstract deadline 28 February 2022

First-round chapter submissions 30 May 2022 (Deadline) Final round chapter submissions 30 July 2022 (Deadline) Book manuscript submission to Springer 01 October 2022

Please forward your title, the abstract or full chapter that had not been published or is being under review anywhere to: matahemanu@yahoo.co.uk or dmhlanga67@gmail.com. Send any queries to the editors also.

NB This book will be submitted to Springer for publication. All chapters will go through a full double-blind peer review process with reviewers selected from inside and outside of the volume contributors. The originality of the work will also be checked for plagiarism. The final decision of the chapter will be dependent on criteria established by the volume editors and Springer.

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