Global development cannot be measured by global statistics alone. This book reminds us that in spite of progress in many areas people are excluded from participating because they are not expected to speak for themselves. Its ten case studies, reflecting (in French or English) experiences from different contexts across Africa, show that the future, often of local majorities, hinges on their capacity to negotiate and understand in their own language global Agenda goals relevant to themselves. Goals becoming part of their home agenda are then, however, likely to include a strong ecological bias.
Thomas Bearth is Professor Emeritus in General African Linguistics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
Djouroukoro Diallo is research fellow at the Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS), and Lecturer for Applied Linguistics at the University of Bern, Switzerland.