The Devlopment of Modern Africa Essay

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The Development of Modern Africa      There are over 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the wealth of natural resources and the prevalence of wealth in the northern segments of Africa have led many to speculate about the equity and economic development in the sub-Sahara. Unfortunately, the progression of economic, political and social factors in this region have done little to improve the overall conditions, and have instead demonstrated a consistent bias towards the government and the social elites that has impacted the chances of successful development in the region. Since the end of World War II, changes in the infrastructure, the political forces, and in the capacity for collective action in many of…show more content…
It has been argued that the factors that have led to a lack of efficacy in the economic picture of the sub-Sahara is directly linked to the process of British control. During the era of early colonial rule, British administrators exercised what has been described as “indirect rule” which was created to maintain military and political control (Berry, 1992). This inherently impacted the conditions of access to land, labor and agricultural tracks which in turn determined the progression of agricultural commercialization and the migration of labor (Berry, 1992). For decades, the struggle to maintain control over a commercial agrarian base and to provide for the distinct call for industrialization has had limited acceptance and widespread opposition to those driving for dictated control. As a result of the issues that emerged during the colonial era, the shaping of government and the development of elite groupings within the social constructs, and subsequently the emerging social conditioning, created inherent inequities between the government and the agrarian labor force (Berry, 1992). Struggles to unite localized native laws and customs and emerging governmental constructs modeled after colonizer perspectives, clearly designed the inequities that would become a major component of the social order. It has been argued that failed efforts to promote stability and

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