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Sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa


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Introduction: Sustainable Development and Sub-Saharan Africa, Jennifer De Maio, Suzanne Scheld and Mintesnot Woldeamanuel Part I: History and Regional Context for Sustainability Discourse in Sub-Saharan Africa Chapter 1: The History of Sustainable Development and the Emerging African Voice, Suzanne Scheld and Mintesnot Woldeamanuel Chapter 2: Ethical Dilemmas in International Relief & Development Work, Blaine D. Pope Chapter 3: War, Environmental Crisis, and "Mining Terrorism" in the Congo: Prolegomenon for an African Philosophy of Sustainability, Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha Chapter 4: Good governance and Sustainable Development Challenges and Opportunities in Zimbabwe, Chipo Dendere Part II: Climate Action and Institutional Partnership Chapter 5: In the Hot Seat: The Impact of Vulnerability to Climate Change on Environmental Attitudes among Africans, Jennifer De Maio and Kristy Michaud Chapter 6: Financing Sustainable Development? How International Tax Reform is Failing Africa, Brian Dill and Heba Khalil Part III: Sustainable Cities and Communities Chapter 7: Bridging the Health Divide: The Case of Holy Innocents Children Hospital Mbarara, Uganda, Florence Kyomugisha Chapter 8: Sustainable Path to African Urban Development: The Case of the Transportation Sector, Mintesnot Woldeamanuel Chapter 9: Expectations of Public Space: Attachments, Environmental Responsibility, and Urban Sustainability in Dakar, Senegal, Suzanne Scheld Conclusion: Theoretical Paradigms and Continuing Challenges, Jennifer L. De Maio, Suzanne Scheld and Mintesnot Woldeamanuel About the Contributors

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Jennifer L. De Maio is professor of political science at California State University, Northridge. Suzanne Scheld is professor of anthropology at California State University, Northridge. Mintesnot Woldeamanuel is professor of urban studies and planning at California State University Northridge.


While global policy discourse is dominated by sustainable development, in sub-Saharan African countries, sustainable development has remained elusive for many. What is Africa's position on sustainability in the face of war and environmental crises, financial upheavals, resource management, climate change, under-resourced healthcare, and the explosion of population in urban areas? This timely and well-written collection examines the strategies that African nations have implemented to build economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. The contributed chapters align with the goals of the global initiative on sustainability and cover all regions of the sub-continent. Through social, environmental and economic foci, the authors examine the links between health, water, climate change, transportation, natural resources, urban design, land use, and economic growth. -- Deborah Pellow, Syracuse University

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