Editorial: Reclaiming a continent
Development (Basingstoke) , Volume 55 - Issue 4 p. 433- 434
I recall first hearing Africa referred to as ‘The lost continent’ when I was in Tanzania listening to women who had gathered from just a fewof the 54 countries that make up Africa.They were fiercely defending their countries, the diversities of their lives, the histories and futures. They argued for authenticity of their cultures, their histories, their languages in defiance of development policy thatwas bundling theminto one big basket case.They were strong in their rejection of Africa as a requiring a special focus of development policy and strategy. They reminisced on African renaissance and freedom ^ away from the development rhetoric that at that time (inthe early1990s) depicted Africa as an economic development failure. It was a deeply troubling debate one that certainly rocked my own sense of what was the future for these women and their countries. This journal issue on ‘African Strategies for Transformation’, I am glad to say, presents a far more positive story of ‘The Continent’. The articles are reflections of many of the successes in Africa over the recent years highlighting the myriad of innovative activities forAfrican-led economic and social change.
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Harcourt, W. (2012). Editorial: Reclaiming a continent. Development (Basingstoke), 55(4), 433–434. doi:10.1057/dev.2012.80