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The Social Sciences and Sustainable Development in the Twenty-First Century Africa

Imhonopi,, David (2019) The Social Sciences and Sustainable Development in the Twenty-First Century Africa. In: The Social Sciences and Sustainable Development in The 21st Century Africa (A Festschrift for Prof. Patrick A. Edewor@60). Department of Sociology College of Business and Social Sciences Covenant University, Ogun State, Nigeria. ISBN 978-978-52506-9-5

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The need for twenty-first century Africa to achieve sustainable development has become urgent and compelling. Although draped in natural resources in abundance, Africa continues to trail the rest of the world in many areas such as education, healthcare, decent employment, infrastructural amenities, food security, considerable per capita income, technological progress and access to technological tools per capita, security and others. This paper attempts to dissect the rubric of sustainable development in twenty-first century Africa and the role of the social sciences. Using the theoretical paradigms of Modernisation and Human Development theories, the chapter captures the need for African societies to embrace the secrets of development as employed by developed countn·es and to prioritise human development in place of statistics-laden economic growth and development. The paper identifies the role that the social science academy can and should play for the sustainable development of Africa, particularly regarding the realisation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda with its 17 goals.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Sciences, Social Science Academy, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Goals, Africa
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 18 May 2021 16:02
Last Modified: 18 May 2021 16:02

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