Perspectives on the right to development
Edited by Carol C Ngang, Serges Djoyou Kamga & Vusi Gumede
ISBN: 978-1-920538-84-2
Pages: 415
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The last couple of decades has not only witnessed an increased convergence between human rights and development but also a significant shift towards rights-based approaches to development, including especially responsiveness to the fact that development in itself is a human right guaranteed to be enjoyed by all peoples. This edited volume of peer-reviewed papers constitutes the first product resulting from the annual international conference series on the right to development, organised by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, and the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute at the University of South Africa. It explores the complex nature of the right to development from a diversified perspective, including from a conceptual, thematic, country and regional points of view. Conceived with the purpose to overshadow dominant economic growth approaches to development, the perspectives on the right to development articulated in this publication seek to locate the developmentalist discourse within the framework of accountability and people-centred development programming, necessitating appropriate policy formulation to ensure the constant improvement in human well-being. The book is written with the aim to reach out to researchers, academics, practitioners and policy makers who desire an in-depth understanding of the right to development as it applies universally. 

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: The right to development in broad perspective
Carol C Ngang, Serges Djoyou Kamga & Vusi Gumede


2. ‘Marianne’ – the symbol of freedom: A critical analysis in the light of the right to development
Clotaire Nengou Saah

3. The right to development under the African Charter: Is there an extraterritorial reach?
Romola Adeola

4. Access to justice as a mechanism for the enforcement of the right to development in Africa
Ebenezer Durojaye, Oluwafunmilola Adeniyi & Carol C Ngang


5. The impact of corruption on the right to development in Africa
Anzanilifuno Munyai & Avitus A Agbor

6. The right to development: An African feminist view
Rhoda Asikia Ige & Carol C Ngang

7. The right to sustainable development for women in Africa: A corollary of the right to peace
Paidamwoyo Mukumbiri

8. Reflections on the right to development for indigenous peoples in Cameroon
Esther E Njieassam & MLM Mbao

9. Land and the right to development in Africa
Robert K Home


10. ‘O Cameroon, though cradle of our fathers, … : Land of promise’ and the right to development
Carol C Ngang & Serges Djoyou Kamga

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