Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals

David Mickler (Editor), Maano Ramutsindela (Editor)

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2 Citations (Scopus)


The book draws upon the expertise and international research collaborations forged by the Worldwide Universities Network Global Africa Group to critically engage with the intersection, in theory and practice, of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa’s development agendas and needs. Further, it argues that – and demonstrates how – the SDGs should be understood as an aspirational blueprint for development with multiple meanings that are situated in dynamic and contested terrains. As the SDGs have substantial implications for development policy and resourcing at both the macro and micro levels, their relevance is not only context-specific but should also be assessed in terms of the aspirations and needs of ordinary citizens across the continent. Drawing on analyses and evidence from both the natural and social sciences, the book demonstrates that progress towards the SDGs must meet demands for improving human well-being under diverse and challenging socio-economic, political and environmental conditions. Examples include those from the mining industry, public health, employment and the media. In closing, it highlights how international collaboration in the form of research networks can enhance the production of critical knowledge on and engagement with the SDGs in Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages295
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-14857-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-14856-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameSustainable Development Goals Series
ISSN (Print)2523-3084


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