Subscribe to our newsletter
Picture of Cornell Institute for African Development Series

Cornell Institute for African Development Series

ISSN No: 2058-6892
Series Editor(s):
Jackie Sayegh

Series Description

The Institute for African Development, Cornell University, USA, is a major location of academic and policy discourse on Africa. IAD regularly and routinely brings academics and policy makers together in a wide ranging program of conferences, seminar series and workshops on Africa. These conferences, seminar series and workshops provide an abundance of pertinent, topical and high quality written materials on Africa. The IAD book series brings these materials within access of the wider community. The series has so far provided volumes on Africa’s information challenge, the hydropolitics of Africa and the contribution of remittances to Africa’s finances.

Editor(s) Biography

Muna Ndulo (LLB, Zambia, Harvard; D. Phil, Oxford), Professor of Law; Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Director of the Leo and Arvilla Berger International Legal Studies Program; and Director of the Institute for African Development at Cornell University, is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of constitution-making, governance, human rights, and foreign direct investment. He is also Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town and Extra Ordinary Professor of Law at the Free State University, South Africa; he was formerly a professor and later Dean of the School of Law, University of Zambia. He has lectured in universities including Bayreauth, Graz, and the International Development Law Organization.

He has extensive international and UN experience, having served as Legal Officer in the International Law Branch of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (1986¬–1995) and as Political and Legal Adviser with UN Missions in South Africa, East Timor, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. He has been a consultant to the African Development Bank, where he helped establish the African Legal Support Facility, and to the World Bank, the Economic Commission for Africa, the UN Development Program, the National Democratic Institute, the U.S. Institute for Peace, and the International Development Law Organization. He was a consultant to the Kenya Constitutional Process (2010), the Zimbabwe Constitutional Process (1999), and the Somalia Constitutional Process (2012).

He is founder of the Southern African Institute for Public Policy and Research and serves on the Board of Directors of the African Association of International Law, on the Advisory Committee, Human Rights Watch; and as Chairperson of Gender Links, a South African NGO. He has published 17 books and over 90 articles in academic journals. He is a frequent commentator in newspaper articles and has regularly been interviewed on African affairs by the BBC and Voice of America. He was awarded the Distinguished Africanist Scholar Award (2012) by the New York African Studies Association and received the Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring of Graduate and Professional Students Award (2012), Cornell University.

Series Titles

Africa, Transport and the Millennium Development Goals

Transport is an essential service that must contribute to national development objectives in health, education, agriculture and other sectors in guiding sub-Saharan Africa out of poverty. Developing policies aimed at providing safe, reliable and affordable transport infrastructure and services can and will make a substantial and su...

Africa’s Finances

Globally, the volume of remittances to developing countries exceeds the development aid budgets. This volume explores the contribution of remittances to Africa’s finances and provides concrete guidelines as to how these may be expanded. It contains essays by the field leaders in this area which record, review and revise our knowle...

Failed and Failing States

State collapse is one of the major threats to peace, stability, and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa today. In a collapsed state the regime finally wears out its ability to satisfy the demands of the various groups in society; it fails to govern or to keep the state together. The collapse is marked by the loss of control ...

Financing Innovation and Sustainable Development in Africa

This book derives from a symposium held at Cornell University in April 2014. The symposium explored development financing, which has become an important area of policy discussion in Africa and other developing areas in recent years. Using multifaceted and multidisciplinary analytical approaches, it considers the role of the banking...

Growing Democracy in Africa

What is the state of governance in sub-Saharan Africa? Is it possible to identify the best practices and approaches to establishing political systems that promote accountability, transparency, peace, and civic space for all? These are the questions addressed in this book. While the concept of governance is considered to be central ...

Meeting the Information Challenge

Africa faces serious challenges in the world of globalisation. One of the most serious and basic of these challenges is that of information and communication technologies. Meeting the range of social, economic and political goals in the contemporary world requires the meeting of the information challenge. This volume - primarily ...

Migration and Development

This book focuses on international migration and return of highly-skilled Ghanaians and Ivorians and presents empirical research findings that demonstrate that, under certain circumstances, return migrants can act as key development agents in their home country. It investigates the influence of a number of factors that condition th...

Power, Gender and Social Change in Africa

Gender plays a hugely significant and too often under-considered role in predicting how accessible resources such as education, wage-based employment, physical and mental health care, adequate nutrition and housing will be to an individual or community.According to a 2001 World Bank report titled Engendering Development—Through Gen...

Problems, Promises, and Paradoxes of Aid

This book is an anthology of essays contributing new scholarship to the contemporary discourse on the concept of aid. It provides an interdisciplinary investigation of the role of aid in African development, compiling the work of historians, political scientists, legal scholars, and economists to examine where aid has failed and to...

The Hydropolitics of Africa

Water is both an essential resource and a source of disease and conflict in contemporary Africa. And we begin to learn that far distant processes of consumption and pollution can have their impact on the water systems of Africa: global warming produced by the material culture of the first world threatens the weather systems and ve...

Towards Impact and Resilience

This book, consisting of 17 chapters, focuses on clarifying the challenges, issues, and priorities of Agricultural Education and Training (AET) in sub-Saharan Africa, and provides suggestions for practical solutions that can help guide organisations interested in furthering AET for agricultural development on the continent. It disc...

When Courts Do Politics

Using the phenomenon of public interest litigation (PIL) as the primary focus of analysis, this book explores the manner in which the judicial branch of government in the three East African states of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda has engaged with questions traditionally off-limits to adjudication and court-based resolution. It is root...