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  /  Reflections on Botho as a resource for a just and sustainable economy towards Africa’s development path in modern history

Reflections on Botho as a resource for a just and sustainable economy towards Africa’s development path in modern history

Khali Victor Mofuoa, Vodacom Group Limited, South Africa

Abstract: Goulet (1996) declared that a new paradigm of development is clearly in gestation. Such paradigm centers on human development as an end, with economic development as the means (UNDP, 1994). In fact, the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), identify human development as a key to social and economic progress. Indeed, MDGs have become a universal framework for development, and a means for developing countries and their partners to work together in pursuit of a shared future for all. However, from all indications, developing countries, particularly in Africa, are not on target on any of the goals. In order to achieve the MDGs, developing countries are urged to mobilize additional resources and break with business as usual syndrome. Thus the challenge of the MDGs underscores the need for Africa to wake up and exploit the opportunities that ‘Botho’ can offer in the continent’s quest for a ‘second independence’ (Ake, 2001; Nnoli, 2003) and/or a ‘second liberation’(Nnaemeka, 2009) from protracted development crisis of the modern history. Such a need, however, according to Tambulasi and Kayuni (2005) begs the question: Can African feet divorce Western shoes? Of course, there is a wider list of thoughts to be produced on that topic. The paper intends to reflect on ‘Botho’ as a resource for a just and sustainable economy towards Africa’s development path in modern history.

Keywords: Botho or Ubuntu, Africa, Just and sustainable economy, Development path, Botho development discourse, Human development, Development discourse, development paradigm

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