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How Can Africa Survive
How Can Africa Survive
By Jennifer Seymour Whitaker
Harper & Row, 1988, 256 pp

Jennifer Whitaker has done all those who care about Africa a great service in providing a fascinating, multilayered analysis of what has gone wrong and some sensible guidelines to putting things right. While she pulls no punches in blaming corruption, nepotism, inefficiency and misguided economic policies for Africa's development failures, she probes deeper into geographic, social and cultural causes, and takes a hard look at the role of foreign aid, public and private. Drawing on her long experience of Africa, beginning as a Peace Corps teacher in eastern Nigeria in the 1960s, Mrs. Whitaker has written an elegant and thought-provoking account of the human enigma in Africa.