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African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and Actors (Anglais) Broché – 15 août 2011

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Smartest survey book out there 16 août 2007
Par M. Clemens - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book sets out to "provide some of the basic information about development in sub-Saharan Africa to smooth the progress of further study." That's exactly what you get: not 'the answers', but an extremely clear, thorough, and sure-handed guide to all the right questions. No better such guide exists. If you're looking for the smart person's entry point, this is it. If you're an experienced researcher or practitioner looking for a framework within which to organize your thoughts, this is it, too.

Moss gives concise biographies of the most important postcolonial 'big men', sharp summaries of some of the key events that have shaped the development process across the continent, and painstakingly even-handed but clear-eyed synopses of the different sides of international debates on aid policy, trade, investment, and others. The text always provokes thought but never condescends. The author is a PhD political scientist who used to write for The Economist newspaper, which should tell you that 1) the writing is crisp and exact, and 2) he knows his economics, but 3) is never 'economistic' and has a firm grasp of the political forces that shape Africa's response to outsiders' development efforts.

To give you the flavor, here are the "ten tips for sensibly studying African development" whose discussion in Chapter One motivates the survey to follow: "1. There are no panaceas and few quick fixes", "2. Don't believe the (good and bad) hype", "3. Resist the temptation to exoticize", "4. Development is always political", "5. Development is more than money", "6. Be careful with 'facts'", "7. Be skeptical of data", "8. Keep perspective on Africa's size", "9. Get to know some specific countries", "10. Go! [to Africa]".
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Essential Primer 19 mars 2007
Par Jonathan M. Fishbein - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I have worked in HIV/AIDS biomedical research and I have recently entered the international development/global health arena. This book is absolutely essential reading to anyone going into this field because one must have a full understanding of the people, organizations, history, and politics at play in African development. Dr. Moss has made an outstanding contribution to improving the welfare of the African continent by educating those of us involved in the effort!!
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Excellent introduction 8 mars 2007
Par Charles - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Dr. Moss fills a gap in the literature for an introductory text covering both the politics and economics of Sub-Saharan Africa. The book covers the history of the region since independence, its economic stagnation and the role of local players as well as international trade, aid and finance. It is written in an accessible and engaging style that will appeal not only to those taking introductory courses on Africa, but also anyone interested in learning about development and some of its greatest challenges.
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Needs citations 10 avril 2014
Par . - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book is dedicated (in part) to "the next generation of Africaphiles," and does a great job of breaking down complex subjects for people new to the issues. The style is highly readable, with a broad range of topics covered with just the right amount of detail. Think of it as The Idiot's Guide to Africa.

I would recommend this book to professors teaching undergraduate-level seminars, or to anyone with a general curiosity about foreign aid. I would not recommend this book for those seeking detailed explanations, those who like to fact-check, or those hoping to cite the information they are reading.

I bought this book to aid in my research for a writing project on HIV. I skipped right to the chapter on poverty and HIV/AIDS and found a number of compelling statistics (the life expectancy in Botswana has dropped from 58 to 38 in the past 3 decades, ARV programs have only a 60% retention rate,...). Excited, I grabbed a pen and notebook, only to realize that these stats appear without citations; in fact, there are NO citations in this book, leaving me to wonder if the author compiled it from stuff he read on the Internet.

There are some jaw-dropping facts mentioned in this book; but without their proper citations, academics can't really use them. The author does not credit the sources of his many facts and ideas (save for an unsorted bibliography at the end), which I find academically dishonest.

This book may be helpful to a person seeking a digestible overview of a broad subject. (It's helped me narrow my focus and find books I can ACTUALLY use in my research project). However, it's useless as a work of scholarship. I am hopeful that a third edition would give due credit to its sources where they are used.
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Concise and humble 26 mars 2009
Par Jordan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Those interested in development, especially in Africa, will have to wade through decades of trials and errors. Moss brings together the messy business into a concise and frank discussion of where we have been, we were are now, and where we might go.

There are two things that set this book apart from other development books. First, it is clean and well written. His decision to leave out footnotes as well as his clear writing style makes the reading a breeze. Second, he is humble. Everyone seems to have their own bright idea. Instead of lecturing us with his he believes is the 'key' he gives the reader a summary of what has been tried so far, and what remain the key problem areas.

An excellent read whether or not you have much development background.
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