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A Social Skills Ecosystem Perspective
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The transition to more just and sustainable development requires radical change across a wide range of areas and particularly within the nexus between learning and work.

This book takes an expansive view of vocational education and training that goes beyond the narrow focus of much of the current literature and policy debate. Drawing on case studies across rural and urban settings in Uganda and South Africa, the book offers a new way of seeing this issue through an exploration of the multiple ways in which people learn to have better livelihoods. Crucially, it explores learning that takes place informally online, within farmers’ groups, and in public and private educational institutions.

Offering new insights and ways of thinking about this field, the book draws out clear implications for theory, policy and practice in Africa and beyond.

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Conceptualizing the energetic developing field of rural criminology is challenging and doing justice to a study field within a continental context is ambitious. Indeed, the Global North possesses more examples of scholarly work in some areas of criminology, but believing it is a European or North American discipline is a false impression. Neglecting the contributions and historical developments of criminology on the African continent impedes the advancement of criminological scholarship overall. Africa is host to two of the ten oldest universities globally

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Lessons for Future Development

Good infrastructure is essential for socio-economic growth and sustainable development. Safe and accessible water supplies, reliable energy, good transport networks and communications technology are all vital to a region’s development agenda.

This book presents a comprehensive exploration of the state of infrastructure in Africa and provides an integrated analysis of the challenges the sector faces, based on extensive fieldwork across the continent. Contributors with a wide range of expertise challenge current policy, practice and thinking on issues including the politics of infrastructure development, social inclusion, domestic resource mobilisation and infrastructure financing.

The book will be an important resource for academic researchers, students and early career development professionals as well as policymakers and NGOs engaged in dialoguing the infrastructure development options for Africa.

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Key messages Present ‘equitable research partnerships’ debates and frameworks offer important approaches to ensure greater fairness in arrangements for collaborative Global South–North inquiry. Yet they sidestep the need for a fundamental rebalancing of Africa–North relations and positionings in the worldwide scientific effort. The present positionings are neither accidental nor benign. They reflect active strategies and multiple layers of power imbalances in scientific knowledge production reflecting colonial legacies; and they harm Africa’s economic and

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Beyond Resistance

Analyses of humour often focus primarily on the Global North, with little consideration for examples and practices from elsewhere. This book provides a vital contribution to humour theory by developing a Global South perspective.

Taking a wide-ranging view across the whole of the continent, the book examines the relationship between humour and politics in Africa. It considers the context of the production and reception of humour in African contexts and argues that humour is more than just symbolic. Moving beyond the idea of humour as a mode of resistance, the book investigates the ‘political work’ that humour does and explores the complex entanglements in which the politics, practices and performances of humour are located.

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and the university were ultimately responsible for reporting and accounting. National allocations of funding were negotiated by the senior team members and reflected the very different costs of doing things in different settings. UKRI made COVID-adjustment funding available only to Nottingham, a clear injustice. However, a significant underspend in Nottingham’s travel budget, also due to COVID-19, meant that the national budgets in both Uganda and South Africa got five figure (sterling) boosts, although without an extension of time in which to spend this. This did

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A history of humour in Africa In the past few decades, there has been a significant increase in published works exploring the multiple and shifting roles of humour in various African contexts. Gathara (2004) and Mason (2010a) , for instance, provide book-length sociological and historical overviews of cartoons in South African and Kenya, respectively, while Donian (2019) and Nwankwọ (2021) study the different periods of stand-up comedy development in Nigeria and South Africa, respectively. Alongside these nationally focused works, key collections by

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through geographically based case studies or the important endeavour of providing a non-Eurocentric account of the origins of capitalism ( Anievas and Nişancioğlu, 2015 ). Surprisingly little of this work, thus far, focuses on Africa, or on Southern Africa in particular (though see Bond and Desai, 2006 ; Ashman et al, 2010 ). While firmly located within a UCD approach, this article both widens the geographical scope of most UCD literature and attempts to address a major blind spot in this literature: the importance of race and gender in understanding the UCD of world

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Refocusing the Lens After the Millennium Development Goals

Since 2000, countries across Africa have maintained over a decade of unprecedented economic expansion in a phenomena known as ‘Africa rising’. However, despite pockets of strong economic growth, Africa still faces major development challenges.

In this important book the contributors argue that Africa as a continent must work on securing social and political stability and build effective economic governance to ensure the development of a society that is socially, economically and politically inclusive.

Looking beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the contributors highlight what they consider to be the 12 major public policy conversations of the continent post-2015, from the legacy of African leadership, to the ‘youth bulge’ (and resulting unemployment) and climate change. The volume presents policy makers, academics and students with a chance to take a fresh look at urgent emerging challenges in post-MDG African development.

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This volume is a collection of scholarly reflections on the theme of climate litigation in Africa. The book spans a range of approaches and jurisdictions and aims to be a relevant yet lasting volume of reflective contributions both in relation to transnational, regional and local climate litigation scholarship, but also to our understanding of the plural nature of climate justice and climate governance in Africa. In developing this project we have delved into, and supported, the creation of a body of rich, complex and interesting work. 1 The range of

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