Perspectives on Africa's development
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)Amoako, K.Y.;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The speeches collected in this volume reflect the hope that Africans can justifiably feel, as painful economic and political reforms begin to pay off in higher rates of economic growth, improved living standards and more open and transparent government. Yet these texts also give voice to a tremendous backlog of deprivation: two out of five Africans live below the poverty line; half of Africa's school-age children are not in school; debt hangs like an albatross around the necks of many countries trying to rehabilitate themselves; and one fifth of Africans are caught in the crossfire of devastating wars. The speeches in this publication illustrate the breadth and vibrancy of African thought and renewal at the dawn of a new millennium.