Human Resources Development and Sustainable African Development: A Reconsideration of Some Fundamental Issues

Paul Nwakpa


The ambition of this paper was to examine the role of human resources in sustainable African development. It argued that the nexus between human resources development and sustainable development cannot be over-emphasized. It observed that during colonial rule, the policy on human resources development was discriminatory to the disadvantage of Africans. It further argued that the place of intellectuals in the development of human resources could not be ignored as their role is a sacred one and blamed poor human resources development record in Africa on bad leadership. It lamented the inability of government to make good use of recommendations of intellectuals during seminars, workshops and conferences. The paper concluded that a holistic approach should be adopted which would place human beings at the centre of development and recommended among others that poverty should be reduced while people should be made to have access to education and health.

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