From the Slave Trade to 'Free' Trade

From the Slave Trade to 'Free' Trade

How trade undermines democracy and justice in Africa


Leading up to the 200th commemoration of the abolition of the slave trade and the 50th anniversary of Ghana's independence, Pambazuka News carried a series of four special issues during 2006 and 2007 that included articles designed to raise awareness and debate on issues of trade and justice. These and other articles from Pambazuka News have been gathered in this book.

We have chosen a deliberately provocative subtitle for this book: 'How trade undermines democracy and justice'. Two years ago saw large mobilisations around the world, calling for 'trade justice'. The campaigners were lobbying for the introduction and implementation of new world trade rules, ones that would work for all people, instead of benefiting those who already have the most. They argued that the global trading system should be rebalanced, taking into account the needs of the poor, human rights and the environment.

But, can trade in the era of globalisation be 'fair' or 'just'?

Drawing on lessons from the slave trade, studies of the international finance institutions and the struggles of many African people to make a living, these essays provide insights into how free trade policies have a profoundly negative impact on democracy and justice in Africa. Whether it is the effects of trade policies on informal street traders, who in Africa are often women, the decimation of a country's health system as a result of the World Bank's obsession with low inflation, or the sacrificing of community rights in the interests of multinational corporations, it is clear that 'free' trade policies impose a profit first and people last regime in Africa.

Many of the book's contributors will be familiar to the readers of Pambazuka News. They include Charles Abugre, Tope Akinwande, Soren Ambrose, Nnimmo Bassey, Patrick Bond, Jennifer Chiriga, Cheikh Tidiane Dièye, M.P. Giyose, Manu Herbstein, Mouhamadou Tidiane Kasse, Salma Maoulidi, Stephen Marks, Mariam Mayet, Henning Melber, Winnie Mitullah, Patrick Ochieng, Oduor Ongwen, Robtel Neajai Pailey, Liepollo Lebohang Pheko and Jagjit Plahe.

The publication of this book was made possible with the support of HIVOS.

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Title From the Slave Trade to 'Free' Trade
Subtitle How trade undermines democracy and justice in Africa
Edition First Edition
Introduction by Patrick Burnett, Firoze Manji
Publisher Pambazuka Press
Imprint Fahamu Books
BISAC Subject Heading POL045000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
SOC042000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
BUS068000 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BIC Subject Heading GTF Development studies
KCP Political economy
Audience 01 General / trade
06 Professional and scholarly
Audience Activists, campaigners, NGO-workers, academics, journalists, commentators
Credit Fahamu Ltd
Title First Published 30 June 2007
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: KCP      93 Thema subject category: GTP
Format Paperback
Nb of pages VI - 180 p.
ISBN-10 0-9545637-1-9
ISBN-13 978-0-9545637-1-4
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9780954563714
Related Formats Electronic version available as GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9780954563745
Publication Date 30 June 2007
Main content page count 180
Front matter page count (Roman) 6
Dimensions 17 x 24.4 x 1 cm
Weight 408 gr
List Price £11.95
Format PDF
Nb of pages
Product Detail PDF
ISBN-10 0-9545637-4-3
ISBN-13 978-0-9545637-4-5
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9780954563745
Related Formats Epublication based on (print product) GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9780954563714
Publication Date 01 July 2007
Format Multi-item Pack
Nb of pages
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Weight 408 gr
List Price £18.90

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