Re-Inventing Africa's Development

Linking Africa to the Korean Development Model
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 12. Januar 2019
 
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  • Hardcover
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  • XXI, 449 Seiten
978-3-030-03945-5 (ISBN)
 
This open access book analyses the development problems of sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) from the eyes of a Korean diplomat with knowledge of the economic growth Korea has experienced in recent decades. The author argues that Africa's development challenges are not due to a lack of resources but a lack of management, presenting an alternative to the traditional view that Africa's problems are caused by a lack of leadership. In exploring an approach based on mind-set and nation-building, rather than unity - which tends to promote individual or party interests rather than the broader country or national interests - the author suggests new solutions for SSA's economic growth, inspired by Korea's successful economic growth model much of which is focused on industrialisation. This book will be of interest to researchers, policymakers, NGOs and governmental bodies in economics, development and politics studying Africa's economic development, and Korea's economic growth model.
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Jong-Dae Park is the South Korean Ambassador in South Africa and a specialist in African Development and Korea's soft power. Park, a career diplomat, has been heavily engaged in development assistance for the last seven years when he was the Ambassador in Uganda. He also held the position of Director of Policy Planning in the Foreign Ministry, and served in the Presidential Office. He holds a BA from Yonsei University, Korea, an MA from UC Berkeley, USA, and a Ph.D. from Kyungnam University, Korea. Park has an extensive network with government leaders and elites, the academia, the international development community, business circles, the media, and volunteers and NGOs both in Africa and internationally.

Part 1: The Paradox of Sub-Saharan Africa Chapter 1: Disillusionment and Dilemma Chapter 2: Assessing the Role of Foreign Aid, Donors and Recipients Part 2: Rethinking the Root Causes of Africa's Under-Development Chapter 3: Review of Conventional Explanations Chapter 4: Uncovering the Main Root Cause: The Mindset Factor Part 3: Africa's Incomplete Nation-Building: What is Missing? Chapter 5: Finding the Missing Links Chapter 6: Reasons for Optimism and the Tasks at Hand Part 4: Understanding Korean Development Model and Policies Chapter 7: Korea's Path of Development in Retrospect Chapter 8: The Essence of the Korean Model of Development Part 5: Implications of the Korean Development Model for Africa Chapter 9: Applicability of the Korean Model of Development for Africa Chapter 10: Policy Recommendations for Africa Chapter 11: Engineering Rural Development for Africa Part 6: Re-Inventing Africa's Development from the Lessons Learned Chapter 12: Re-Setting the Priorities Chapter 13: Enacting a Bold but Harmonious Change
"The work is geared towards a general readership interested in Korea's development process and African politics in relation to the obstacles to development." (Joonhwa Cho, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 93 (1), 2020)
This open access book analyses the development problems of sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) from the eyes of a Korean diplomat with knowledge of the economic growth Korea has experienced in recent decades. The author argues that Africa's development challenges are not due to a lack of resources but a lack of management, presenting an alternative to the traditional view that Africa's problems are caused by a lack of leadership. In exploring an approach based on mind-set and nation-building, rather than unity - which tends to promote individual or party interests rather than the broader country or national interests - the author suggests new solutions for SSA's economic growth, inspired by Korea's successful economic growth model much of which is focused on industrialisation.

This book will be of interest to researchers, policymakers, NGOs and governmental bodies in economics, development and politics studying Africa's economic development, and Korea's economic growth model.

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