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Cameroon: The Stakes and Challenges of Governance and Development

Tuesday 11 August 2009, author(s)-editor(s) John Bobuin Gemandze, Tangie Nsoh Fonchingong

This book deals with the important subject of governance and development. Even more significantly, the book has the merits of critically evaluating the concept of good governance in an African context, identifying the internal factors that impinge on good governance and development, and proposing solutions. It provides empirical evidence on the extent to which inappropriate governing strategies are the main internal obstacle to development in Cameroon. The authors discuss factors contributing to precarious and problematic governance from multidisciplinary perspectives, and demonstrate the extent to which such inadequacies impede positive social change. To promote effective development, the authors argue for the implementation of a good governance strategy that comprises, inter alia: adopting appropriate development strategies; decentralizing administration to make for popular participation and ensure accountability; taking the necessary steps to fight corruption; and ensuring the enforcement of property and cultural rights.

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ISBN 9789956558452 | 232 pages | 216 x 140 mm | 2009 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback

2 Book Reviews

  • Cameroon: The Stakes and Challenges of Governance and Development 11 August 2009 12:46, author(s)-editor(s) Dr Piet Konings, Development Sociologist and Senior Researcher

    Using an interdisciplinary perspective, this book explores existing relations between governance and a wide range of institutions and processes – development, higher education, economy, media, and societal issues. The book is based on a wide reading in the field and on intensive research of high quality. The lessons learnt deserve careful reading by both academics and policy-makers, and the book could also usefully serve as a textbook of valuable information to students on a topical issue.

    Dr Piet Konings, Development Sociologist and Senior Researcher, African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands

  • Cameroon: The Stakes and Challenges of Governance and Development 11 August 2009 12:47, author(s)-editor(s) Dr Bill F. NDI, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

    … a commanding scrutiny of the pervasive mentalities that legitimize and make of corruption an integral aspect of the ruling class in Cameroon and Africa.

    Dr Bill F. NDI, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia