Discordant Development and Insecurity in Africa

Many African countries are now showing sustained economic growth. Not to be overlooked, however, are the persistent security dilemmas in many parts of the continent exacerbated by “discordant development.” Addressing these troubling problems of security and social unrest requires an understanding of the complex factors involved and the need for innovative approaches. The concept of discordant development conveys more than just “unequal development,” but rather shows deepening inequalities and rapid progress juxtaposed with group distress which can generate uncertainty and violent conflict. Unfortunately, continued discordant development is in the forecast for sub-Saharan Africa in 2013.