Reinventing African Chieftaincy in the Age of AIDS, Governance, Gender, and Development
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Reinventing African Chieftaincy in the Age of AIDS, Governance, Gender, and Development

By Donald I. Ray (editor)
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This collection of essays examines the relatively new, and frequently overlooked, political phenomenon in post-colonial Africa of chieftaincy "re-inventing" itself. The traditional authority of chiefs has been one of Africa's missing voices who are now bringing new resources to the challenges that AIDS, gender, governance, and development pose to the peoples of Africa. d This publication presents new research in Ghana, Botswana, and South Africa, providing the broadest geographic African coverage on the topic of African chieftaincy. The nineteen authors, many of them emerging scholars from Africa, are all members of the Traditional Authority Applied Research Network (TAARN). Their essays give critical insight into the transformation processes of chieftaincy from the end of the colonial/apartheid periods to the present. They also examine the realities of male and female traditional leaders in reinventing their legitimacy and their political offices in the age of great social and political unrest, health issues and governance and development challenges.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Series Information
  • Title page
  • Bibliographic information
  • Dedication
  • Table of contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. Introduction D.I. Ray, T. Quinlan, K. Sharma, T.A.O. Clarke with W. Donkoh, C. Owusu-Sarpong, M. Lekorwe, S. Vawda, S. Mkhize, M. Nyendu, R. Thornton, M. Molomo, P. Sithole, and K. Kgotleng. “Introduction”
  • 2. Donald I. Ray and Gaelle Eizlini. “Chiefs as Development Agents: Ghanaian Pilot Study”
  • 3. Wilhelmina J. Donkoh. “Traditional Rulers as Partners in Health and Education Delivery”
  • 4. Donald I. Ray and Sherri A. Brown. “Building HIV/AIDS Competence in Ghana – Traditional Leadership and Shared Legitimacy: A Grassroots Community Intervention Best Practices Model”
  • 5. Wilhelmina J. Donkoh. “The Developmental and HIV/AIDS-Fighting Roles of Traditional Rulers: Agency of Festivals”
  • 6. Sherri Brown. “Building AIDS Competence in Manya Krobo and the Role of the Manya Krobo Queen Mothers Association”
  • 7. Kimberley Schoon. “From Calgary to Krobo and Back: How the IDRC Encouraged Grassroots Links between Canada and Ghana.”
  • 8. Christiane Owusu-Sarpong. “The Predicament of the Akan ‘Queenmother’ (Ohemmaa)”
  • 9. Mogopodi H. Lekorwe. “Gender and Traditional Leadership in Botswana”
  • 10. Shahid Vawda. “Governance Policy and Democracy: Reconstituting Traditional Authorities in the eThekwini Municipality (Durban), 1994–2003”
  • 11. Sibongiseni Mkhize. “Gearing Up for Constructive Engagement: Traditional Authorities and the Predicament of the 2000 Local Government Elections in the Durban Region, South Africa”
  • 12. Morgan Nyendu. “Traditional Authorities and the District Assemblies System: A Case Study of the South Tongu District, Ghana”
  • 13. Mogopodi Lekorwe. “The Kgotla and Traditional Leadership in Botswana”
  • 14. Robert Thornton. “‘Traditional Authority’ and Governance in the Emjindini Royal Swazi Chiefdom, Barberton, Mpumalanga”
  • 15. Mpho G. Molomo. “Widening the Democracy Debate: Bogosi and Ethnicity in Botswana”
  • 16. Keshav C. Sharma. “The Role of the House of Chiefs (Ntlo ya Dikgosi) in Botswana”
  • 17. Kusi Ankra. “The National House of Chiefs – Ghana”
  • 18. Keshav C. Sharma. “The Role of Traditional Leaders in the Administration of Customary Courts in Botswana”
  • 19. Mpilo Pearl Sithole. “The Secular Dynamics of Traditional Leadership in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: The Decade of Active Political Transformation after Apartheid”
  • 20. Kereng Daniel Lebogang Kgotleng. “Contesting the Political Meaning of Chieftaincies in the New South Africa”
  • 21. Brian Keating. “Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary: Contributions of Ghana’s Traditional Leaders to Partnership Success with the Calgary Zoo, Canada”
  • 22. Mpho G. Molomo. “Dikgosi and the Politics of Land in Botswana”
  • 23. Donald I. Ray, Tim Quinlan, Keshav Sharma and Tacita A. O. Clarke. “Conclusions”
  • Glossary
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Index
  • Back cover
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