Producing nature and poverty in Africa

Medarbetare: Broch-Due, Vigdis | Schroeder, Richard A.
Utgivare: Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
År: 2000
Språk: eng
Ämnesord: natural resources, poverty, Environmental management, Colonial and postcolonial interventions, Africa, SOCIAL SCIENCES, SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP
Identifikator: urn:isbn:91-7106-452-4
Rättigheter: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Development donors have supported thousands of environmental initiatives in Africa over the past quarter century. The contributors to this provocative new collection of essays assess these projects and conclude that environmental programmes constitute one of the major forms of foreign and state intervention in contemporary African affairs. Drawing on case study material from eight countries, the authors demonstrate clearly that environmental programmes themselves often have direct and far-reaching consequences for the distribution of wealth and poverty on the continent. Individual essays in the collection theorise specific forms of environmental intervention; the degree of historical discontinuity that exists between contemporary and past environmental policies and practices; the effect environmental programmes have had on localised systems of knowledge and value regimes; the strategies of accumulation that have been spun out of heavy donor and state investment in environmental programmes; and the numerous social, cultural and political-economic dislocations these initiatives have produced in African environments all across the continent.