This book explores UN bureaucracy and the development dysfunction it sows in four 'most different' African countries: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, and Tanzania. Wilson's original purpose for researching this book was to uncover new solutions to some of the United Nations' most vexing implementation problems. Yet, as research unfolded, it became clear that the reasons for those problems lay tangled up in bureaucratic and philosophical quagmires of a much more fundamental nature. The United Nations and Democracy in Africa is the documentation not only of these bureaucratic and philosophical absurdities that find expression through development practice, but also the journey of the author from ardent defender of the UN to profound sceptic.
About the Author:
Zoë Wilson completed her Doctorate in Political Science at Dalhousie University (Canada) in 2004 and is a specialist in local implementation of global norms and standards. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Civil Society in South Africa. Recent articles appear in Journal of Peacebuilding and Development and the edited volume: Gender, Complex Emergencies, and Peacekeeping: National and International Feminist Perspectives.