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Fixing What Really Ails Africa The Global North and the “Sick Man

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					 Fixing What Really Ails Africa: The Global North and the “Sick Man of the
                  World” Since the Late Colonial Period
                                              By

                                      S. U. Fwatshak
                       Department of History and International Studies,
                                      University of Jos
                                  sfwatshak@yahoo.com ,
                                  sfwatshak@gmail.com ,
                                 fwatshak@unijos.edu.ng
                                   Tel.: +2348034514996


                                         ABSTRACT

The African Predicament can be summed up as, essentially, the inertia of development. But this
manifests in a multi-dimensional way which includes but not limited to, economic, social,
political, and health. This paper examines the economic dimension and focuses on some of the
attempts by the more developed regions of the global north to pull Africa out of the development
quagmire since the late colonial period. It interrogates why, despite age- long foreign- led
interventions in Africa, the continent has remained “the sick man of the world”, perpetually
underdeveloped. It argues that this is due in part, to wrong diagnosis resulting in wrong
intervention strategies. The paper attempts to identify and discuss the real economic issues
responsible for the African development drawback.

				
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