The Betrayal of Africa (Groundwork Guides)
Written by Gerald Caplan.
Published by Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2008.
|Think Africa, and many people think of brutal war, endless
famine, pervasive corruption, unworthy rulers, universal poverty, an AIDS
epidemic out of control. These characteristics are both true and a caricature
at the same time. While Africa faces a daunting list of challenges, the vast
majority of the continent's citizens live ordinary lives with the hopes and
dreams that all of us share.
There is widespread assumption that Africa is the problem and that we in the rich world are the solution. The Betrayal of Africa argues that the policies of rich countries are in fact responsible for many of the ills in Africa. Only with a reversal of policies that have done such grievous harm over the past decades will the continent's new leaders and activists have the chance to make true progress.
Author Gerald Caplan is a social and political activist with a passionate commitment to African development. He has a Ph.D. in African History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
The Groundwork Guides provide an overview of key contemporary political and social issues. Engaging, concise and clearly written, these books tackle pressing and sometimes controversial topics, offering both a lively introduction to the subject and a strong point of view.
This book is suitable for ages 14 and up.
"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." The Globe and Mail
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