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Developmentalism, Tanzania, and the Arusha Declaration

Developmentalism, Tanzania, and the Arusha Declaration

Perspectives of an Observing Participant

(p.65) Developmentalism, Tanzania, and the Arusha Declaration
Anywhere But Here
Ikaweba Bunting
University Press of Mississippi

In “Developmentalism, Tanzania and the Arusha Declaration: Perspectives of an Observing Participant,” Ikaweba Bunting questions existing structures of power through an in-depth exploration of the Arusha Declaration of 1967, a turning point in the history of Tanzania and indeed for Africa as a whole. The Arusha Declaration, brainchild of the late Tanzanian leader Julius Neyerere, was an Africa-centered response to the model of Developmentalism that western governments were pushing onto poor and newly independent non-European nations. A son of the Diaspora and Mrejajiji (returnee), active participant in, and organizer of national development programs, Bunting offers an eyewitness account of the tension between these two approaches: one that reflects an indigenous cultural framework, and—according to the author—a human centered socio-cultural approach; the other is imposed from outside and rooted in the classical development paradigm reliant on the dictates of the IMF and World Bank.

Keywords:   Tanzania, Arusha Declaration, Julius Neyerere, Developmentalism, IMF, World Bank, African Independence

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