The discussion on sustainable development in Africa is built on a tripartite structure. Vincent Onyango focuses on the triad of process, substance and “enlightened or ideologised” approaches in relation to a representative case study (Kenya). This involves a juxtaposition of Brundtland’s concept of sustainable development and indicators of performance, with a view to problematising existing challenges. He considers possible solutions by examining a more transformational and fit-for-purpose approach in the light of Brundtland’s view. Edwin Ezeokafor considers the inadequacies of the Millennium Development Goals, especially from the standpoint of security. This entails an examination of intractable terrorist activities, restiveness caused by subnational groups and non-state actors, and how cross-border crimes have undermined sustainable development in Africa. Dapel Theophilus examines sustainable development in Africa, with Nigeria as a case study. This sub-theme involves a detailed analysis of the forces that have shaped the economic situation of Nigeria. He also considers possible solutions.
About the Speakers
Dr Vincent Onyango is a lecturer in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Dundee. He is also the Degree Programme Director for MA Environmental Sustainability. Part of Dr Onyango’s recent research concerns the relationship between austerity and environmental decisions.
Dr Edwin Ezeokafor obtained his PhD from the University of Dundee. His doctoral research explored the interface between the processes of securitising threats in West African states in the context of neo-patrimonial statehood. Dr Ezeokafor is also a founding co-convener of the Dundee Africa Research Network.