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How Can Africa Flourish with Ethnic Diversity? : Synopsis of the Fifth Kobe University/JICA Conference on Ethnic Diversity and Economic Instability in Africa

Ethnicity is believed to be a source of deep-rooted social tensions in Africa, posing a threat to the stability of long-term economic growth in the region.

The toughest challenges facing African policymakers today include youth unemployment, natural resource revenue sharing, and land tenure reform, which seem to be interrelated with patterns of ethnic diversity present within each state. This book discusses how particular policies or institutions could help African nations foster equity and social cohesion alongside economic growth. The focus is placed upon disparities between ethnic or religious groups in society known as horizontal inequalities.

This book is the product of joint research between the Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration of Kobe University and the JICA Research Institute, conducted from 2009 to 2013 under the theme of “Ethnic Diversity and Economic Instability in Africa.” The book documents the proceedings of the fifth and final conference of this research project, which took place on July 23 and 24, 2012 in Tokyo, and presents a summary of the conference debates about policy implications of multi-ethnic societies that exist as a nation state.

This volume is the companion to “Ethnic Diversity and Economic Instability in Africa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.

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