n Africa Insight - Nepad and its critics

Volume 34, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


The debate sparked by the release of the NEPAD document has mobilised constituencies across the continent and put Africa's development at the top of the agenda. This paper argues that some elements of the critiques - which are described in some detail - are due to a limited and selective reading of the development literature emanating from the OAU, especially since the 1990s. The NEPAD process is an attempt to bring together all these strands of thinking that have been running through the OAU since the end of the Cold War, especially the inter-linkage between democracy, development and peace/security. There has also been an effort within the OAU throughout the 1990s to develop common values and standards for the improvement of governance on the continent. Also, there has been consensus within the OAU and AU on the substance of the challenges facing the continent in the post-Cold War era, and on how these should be tackled. What the NEPAD process has done is to elaborate further on this consensus.

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