University of Nevada Sociologist Seeks to Foster Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Johnson W. Makoba, an associate professor and chair of the department of sociology at the University of Nevada at Reno has written a new book with ideas on strategies to promote greater development in sub-Saharan Africa. The book, Rethinking Development Strategies in Africa: The Triple Partnership as an Alternative Approach — The Case of Uganda, was recently issued by Peter Lang Publishers.

Dr. Makoba believes that for sustainable economic development to occur, government and the private sector must team up with nongovernmental organizations and microfinance institutions. By providing budding entrepreneurs in local communities with seed money for their projects, governmental corruption and economic mismanagement can be avoided, and development can occur at the grassroots level. These successes will in turn drive development throughout the region.

Professor Makoba is a native of Uganda, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He came to the United States and earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the faculty at the University of Nevada in 1990.

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