The last couple of decades has not only witnessed an increased convergence between human rights and development but also a significant shift towards rights-based approaches to development, including especially responsiveness to the fact that development in itself is a human right guaranteed to be enjoyed by all peoples.
The last couple of decades has not only witnessed an increased convergence between human rights and development but also a significant shift towards rights-based approaches to development, including especially responsiveness to the fact that development in itself is a human right guaranteed to be enjoyed by all peoples. This edited volume of peer-reviewed papers constitutes the first product resulting from the annual international conference series on the right to development, organised by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, and the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute at the University of South Africa.
It explores the complex nature of the right to development from a diversified perspective, including from a conceptual, thematic, country and regional points of view. Conceived with the purpose to overshadow dominant economic growth approaches to development, the perspectives on the right to development articulated in this publication seek to locate the developmentalist discourse within the framework of accountability and people-centred development programming, necessitating appropriate policy formulation to ensure the constant improvement in human well-being. The book is written with the aim to reach out to researchers, academics, practitioners and policy makers who desire an in-depth understanding of the right to development as it applies universally.
Edited by Carol C Ngang, Serges Djoyou Kamga & Vusi Gumede
Carol C Ngang is a Researcher at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon; a postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Development and International Human Rights Law (SUSTLAW) from the University of Antwerp, Belgium; an International
Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) from Fordham University, New York; a Master of Laws (LLM) and Doctor of Laws (LLD) both from the University of Pretoria. He has published in local and international journals. His research interests include human rights and development, with focus on the right to development and socio-economic rights.
Serges Djoyou Kamga holds a Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria and is currently Associate Professor at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), UNISA. He previously worked as a Researcher at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC),
University of Johannesburg. He is a member of the Cross-Cultural Human Rights Centre, a consortium of one European University, ten Chinese and four African universities aimed at bringing Southern concepts and ideas in the area of human rights to Northern audiences. His areas of interest include leadership and African renaissance, development and human rights, human rights from a cross-cultural perspective, and disability rights. He is also co-editor of the African Disability Rights Yearbook.
Vusi Gumede is the Head of the Thabo African Leadership Institute (TMALI). He has published two books and is editor/co-editor of 9 volumes and has authored numerous articles in accredited journals in addition to many book chapters and many other publications. He is, among other things, Editor-in-Chief of two academic journals and is on the Editorial Boards of five journals. He has also been guest editor for two internationally recognised Journals.