• Kwaku Osei-Hwedie Department of Social Work, University of Botswana, Gaboron, Botswana.



African nations seek to escape from poverty, disease, ignorance, inequality and lack ofopportunity. Despite massive investments in socio-economic development, the masses in manyAfrican countries still remain ill-fed, ill-housed, under-educated and vulnerable to preventablediseases such as HIV/AIDS, and malaria. The continent is characterised by increasingeconomic deprivation, generalised misery, a high incidence of poverty, environmentaldestruction and diminishing food security. This is underscored by the fact that the number ofpeople living in extreme poverty (on U$1 or less a day) rose from 217 million in 1990 to 290million in 2000 (Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), 2005). Governments and otherstakeholders are constantly searching for better and more effective ways to tackle theseproblems in order to improve the welfare of their people


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How to Cite

Osei-Hwedie, K. (2014). AFRO-CENTRISM: THE CHALLENGE OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 43(2).