Transformative potential of TICAD VI: scope of aid driven socio-economic cultural integration in Southern and Sub Saharan Africa in post 2015 Agenda phase

Godfrey Chikowore, Maxwell Chinyanganya, Manassa Sibanda



In development terms, perceived within a context of the North – South and South- South Cooperation Dialogue, the historic TICAD Process initiated in 1993 and in the contemporary [2016] punctuated by the TICAD VI potentially plays a pivotal role in the growth, development and transformation process within Southern and sub Saharan Africa. Saddled paradoxically by a considerably depressed but highly potential socio-economic cultural backdrop, Southern and sub Saharan Africa witnesses’ immense transformative prospects generated by TICAD VI, but only realizable in the presence of a strategic approach. Lagging considerably far behind in socio-economic cultural parameters relative other continents [Europe; Asia; Americas and Oceania] Southern and sub Saharan Africa by all indications stands as the greatest beneficiary from the Japan launched TICAD process, destined to promote high level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners on issues facing Africa such as economic development, poverty and conflict.  Informed by transformation and development theory, this contribution pursues a critical analysis of transformative essence of the TICAD Process with special attention to TICAD VI relative Southern and Sub Saharan Africa in the new millennium and post 2015 Agenda phase. Conceiving transformation as a process, the contribution takes a critical analysis of the socio-economic cultural circumstances and institutional settings as the backdrop for rationalization of TICAD VI based transformative intervention. In methodological terms the study makes an analytical argument employing research tools as descriptive and comparative analysis, qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Novelism generated through this dialogue constitute nation state based [least developed; low; medium and high income] intervention strategies based on World Bank economic categorization. In conclusion the study proposes socio-economic culturally based transformative strategies which maximize and optimize “TICAD VI based” opportunities for transformation of the Southern and Sub Saharan Africa in the post 2015 Agenda phase.

Keywords: DTF industrialization sequence; Transformation; TICAD VI Declaration; Homegrown Plans; TICAD Process; and Mutual cooperation.

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