In collaboration with the Editorial Los libros de la Catarata, Casa África has created an editorial line to draw attention to the knowledge of African and Africanist thinkers, writers, and theorists in order to support studies and research about topics that have to do with the continent´s development and potential from a point of view that is far from the stereotypes that have been traditionally been used to address the African reality.
Along these lines, each year Casa África hands out the Essay Awards in order to promote the research and dissemination of knowledge on African topics.
To consult the various titles that comprise this collection, click here.

 

Essay Prizes


Security challenges in Africa. The potential of early warning in West Africa. Jara Cuadrado Bolaños

VII Session: Security challenges in Africa. The potential of early warning in West Africa. Jara Cuadrado Bolaños

In the last decade, Africa has taken on a prominent role in the international agenda. It has gone from being associated with poverty to being synonymous with opportunities, thanks to expectations aroused by some of the economic data and by the democratic progress. However, Africa’s security challenges are numerous and imply an uncertain future. The aim of this paper is to highlight the importance of early warning measures in this field, highlighting the experiences of ECOWAS in managing threats and developing preventive measures.

 
Security challenges in Africa. The potential of early warning in West Africa. Jara Cuadrado Bolaños

VII Session: Security challenges in Africa. The potential of early warning in West Africa. Jara Cuadrado Bolaños

In the last decade, Africa has taken on a prominent role in the international agenda. It has gone from being associated with poverty to being synonymous with opportunities, thanks to expectations aroused by some of the economic data and by the democratic progress. However, Africa’s security challenges are numerous and imply an uncertain future. The aim of this paper is to highlight the importance of early warning measures in this field, highlighting the experiences of ECOWAS in managing threats and developing preventive measures.

 
Popular participation and good governance. Balance and prospects for 2063

6th Edition: Popular participation and good governance. Balance and prospects for 2063. Marcel Banza

In some African countries, the population is excluded from political, economic and socio-cultural management, but it was not always so. During the years before the independence of these and the first decade after them, the African population was instrumental in managing their countries. Today, with many of them occupying the worst positions concerning human development, good governance, the theme chosen for the 6th edition of Casa África's Essay Prize, is crucial for the development of the continent and this is how the African Union sets it out, with 2063 as the horizon.

 
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5th Edition: A way to tackle the African city Manuel Martín Hernández, Vicente Díaz García and Eugenio Rodríguez Cabrera

The theme for this call was 'The African city, its development, its present and its future' and the authors of the work argue that there is only no possible single development or one city or a unique way of doing things. They suggest a 'right to the city"  able to generate other ways to understand, configure and manage the African city, focused on the' social production of the habitat ', and propose fostering this alternative with a South-South cooperation. But above all they emphasize the need for direct, interdisciplinary and active participation of African societies in creating their cities.

 
La integración regional y el desarrollo en África Fourth Edition: Social Networking for change in Africa.Antoni Castel Tremosa and Carlos Bajo Erro

The theme chosen for this competition was 'Journalism, communication and new technologies in Africa', a heading which covers all the communication made on and from Africa, the manner that the continent is reported on or the use that Africans make of the new technologies for development, connection with the rest of the world, dissemination of contents and social change. It is on this last approach of the subject that the work by Antoni Castel and Carlos Bajo is focused on and that was the winner before the jury that especially valued the contribution the essay makes to the knowledge of creative and militant use of ICT by African civil societies and their contribution to the continent's democratization. 

 
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3rd Edition: La agricultura africana. Un presente de cambios y desafíos. Miguel Ángel Martín López

Despite sufferung food crises, Africa is one of the granaries of the world. It is a huge fertile territory, where single crop farming set up during colonial times have failed to end the commitment of traditional agriculture through biodiversity and fair sustainable development. This work explains the green African revolution, the problems it faces and the opportunities it offers. It also analyses other aspects which can be development opportunities, such as the attention to its rich agro-biodiversity or the development of organic agriculture and agribusiness to satisfy its markets. A joint vision contributes to untangling paths for the future.

 
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2009 Edition: Nigeria. The Breaches of an Oil-State

Nigeria is the economic giant of Western Africa, the leading oil producer in the black continent, and home to one of the poorest populations on the planet. Many of the keys that make this country a paradigm of inequality can be found in the abundance of oil, which has been a crucial element in building the post-colonial State and in configuring its imaginary collective. The multiple breaches that are open in its institutional operations reach the Niger River´s delta, where the fuel of the nation´s economy can be found. There, the exploitation of black gold and the controversies arising from its control have drawn a permanent scenario of conflict. This book is a journey through the history of the Nigerian oil-state and a tribute to those attempting to rebuild its foundation.

 
Premios Ensayo

Premios Ensayo [Essay Prizes]

This book contains the three winning essays in the first call for the Casa África Essay Prizes. The subjects considered focus on relations between Sub-Saharan Africa and Spain from various standpoints: history, economic development and democratic consolidation processes. The aim of these prizes is to encourage and disseminate research which offers a plural and dynamic image of this region of the African continent, beyond the simple and homogenous views that have so characterised the Western consciousness. Authors: Gustau Nerín; Óscar Mateos Martín, Vicente J. Montes Gan and Eva Media Moral.

 

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Boko Haram. The delirium of the caliphate in West Africa

Boko Haram. The delirium of the caliphate in West Africa

What is Boko Haram? It is easy to get lost in the mix of fact and fiction surrounding this movement, which claims to want to implement a caliphate in West Africa and that attempts to join the media trail of the Islamic State organisation of Iraq and Syria. Jesús Núñez explains in this book how in the context of poverty and exclusion in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram has known how to consolidate a receptive social base for its ideological principles, above ethnic differences, adding a care component towards its poorest supporters in its terrorist methods and a political discourse that represents a desperate alternative to corruption and inefficiency of the authorities.


 
Boko Haram. The delirium of the caliphate in West Africa

Boko Haram. The delirium of the caliphate in West Africa

What is Boko Haram? It is easy to get lost in the mix of fact and fiction surrounding this movement, which claims to want to implement a caliphate in West Africa and that attempts to join the media trail of the Islamic State organisation of Iraq and Syria. Jesús Núñez explains in this book how in the context of poverty and exclusion in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram has known how to consolidate a receptive social base for its ideological principles, above ethnic differences, adding a care component towards its poorest supporters in its terrorist methods and a political discourse that represents a desperate alternative to corruption and inefficiency of the authorities.


 
Boko Haram. The delirium of the caliphate in West Africa

Boko Haram. The delirium of the caliphate in West Africa

What is Boko Haram? It is easy to get lost in the mix of fact and fiction surrounding this movement, which claims to want to implement a caliphate in West Africa and that attempts to join the media trail of the Islamic State organisation of Iraq and Syria. Jesús Núñez explains in this book how in the context of poverty and exclusion in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram has known how to consolidate a receptive social base for its ideological principles, above ethnic differences, adding a care component towards its poorest supporters in its terrorist methods and a political discourse that represents a desperate alternative to corruption and inefficiency of the authorities.


 
Boko Haram. The delirium of the caliphate in West Africa

Boko Haram. The delirium of the caliphate in West Africa

What is Boko Haram? It is easy to get lost in the mix of fact and fiction surrounding this movement, which claims to want to implement a caliphate in West Africa and that attempts to join the media trail of the Islamic State organisation of Iraq and Syria. Jesús Núñez explains in this book how in the context of poverty and exclusion in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram has known how to consolidate a receptive social base for its ideological principles, above ethnic differences, adding a care component towards its poorest supporters in its terrorist methods and a political discourse that represents a desperate alternative to corruption and inefficiency of the authorities.


 
Amina Cachalia-Autobiografía-Cuando esperanza rima con historia

Being a slave in Africa and America between the 15th and 19th centuries

Between the 15th and 19th centuries, more than twelve million Africans were taken as slaves to the Americas to work in industries that supplied the European markets. In this work, Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch and Éric Mesnard, two of the leading specialists in the field, offer an approach that breaks with the keys of  the until now dominant Eurocentric interpretation and gives a central role to the African continent and its inhabitants, slave dealers or slaves . They reconstruct the experience of slavery from the stories of life and administrative literature that is preserved and explore the material and symbolic forms of resistance that slaves developed to deal with their situation, going into realities that are little known or discussed until now.

 
Amina Cachalia-Autobiografía-Cuando esperanza rima con historia

Amina Cachalia-Autobiography-When hope rhymes with history

Amina Cachalia was born in the middle of apartheid, but since childhood had learned what non discrimination was thanks to Mahatma Gandhi, who her father, of Indian origin, had supported in the Peaceful Resistance Campaign in Durban (South Africa). So, as a teenager she was already an activist for freedom, human rights and equality, and was the youngest woman to be imprisoned in the country. Her political activity led her to be one of the protagonists of the feminist and anti-apartheid movement, and was elected in the first democratic elections, as a member of the National Assembly of South Africa. In this book, she tells us her experiences and allows us, for example, to know about the close relationship she had with Nelson Mandela.

 
Teaching Spanish in Sub Saharan Africa

Microphones of peace. Conversations with Caddy Adzuba

Caddy Adzuba, winner of the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord 2014 and fighter for human rights, shows us in this essay of Elisa Garcia how  media should serve to change public policies and draw attention to forgotten social causes. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, civil society has appropriated the media as a tool for promoting cultures of peace. So female journalists of AFEM-SK have capitalised their knowledge of radio, video and press to demand the end of violence against society and break the regime of impunity in which sexual crimes against women and girls continue to be perpetrated.


 
¿Una nueva era para África? Desafíos y perspectivas sobre paz y seguridad

A new era for Africa? Challenges and perspectives on peace and security

Since 2010, with the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of African independence, the continent has been lavish in its celebrations of a symbolic and political nature, such as the 50th anniversary of the African Union held in 2013. It is time to take stock of armed conflicts, managing their impact, finding ways to solve them and build peace. This interdisciplinary book has contributions from African and European academics and tries to shed light on this new era in the field of peace and security on the African continent. A complex picture that also highlights the growing role of Sub-Saharan Africa in these processes.

 
Teaching Spanish in Sub Saharan Africa

Teaching Spanish in Sub Saharan Africa

When we speak of Spanish we think of the language of Spain and Latin America. And if we think of the people who are increasingly interested in learning this language, we possibly think of  the U.S. or China, but almost never associate it with sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly a million and a half people are studying our language. This essay aims to compensate for the lack of literature regarding the Spanish presence in this vast and diverse territory that is the sub-continent to the south of the Sahara. 35 Hispanists have written 30 chapters that make up this work, documenting the current state of teaching Spanish in the 27 sub-Saharan countries where the presence of Spanish is remarkable.


 
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The liberal dream in Sub-Saharan Africa

Does peacebuilding in Africa necessarily involve sending international missions? This book is an introduction to debates and controversies relating to international sanctions, transitional justice, return of refugees, security reforms and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of combatants to show, among other things, how the hegemonic vision (the liberal peace) portrays external actors as liberals and peacemakers compared to others, Africans (local or regional), as illiberal and in this way hiding multiple non-liberal practices displayed by international actors in the peace processes in the sub-Saharan continent.


 
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Renewable Energy in West Africa. State, experiences and trends

The Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of ECOWAS (ECREEE), the Technological Institute of the Canary Islands (ITC) and Casa Africa have created this publication made up from articles from various renowned authors and institutions in order to present the current situation and development trends of Renewable Energy (RES) in West Africa, framed in an international context. This book is also a contribution to the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All by the United Nations and complementary to the dissemination actions of ECREEE and the RENOW project, led by the ITC and which aims to develop strategies for the development of RES in the Euro-African Atlantic.


 
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Angola. X-ray of an oil country

Despite being the main oil producing country of Sub-Saharan Africa and one of the largest exporters of diamonds, there are hardly any works in our country to explain the socio-economic, political and environmental reality of Angola. This book covers this gap and offers a vision that, without ignoring the perspective of what is known as the "resource curse", focuses on the analysis of a highly unequal social model, because the oil industry hardly creates any jobs and instead, the foreign exchange generated contributes to maintaining a political system prone to opacity, corruption and authoritarianism. Thus, although the oil industry could be a great opportunity for economic development, set of conditions have to occur that do not always come together.


 
La integración regional y el desarrollo en África Africa in movement.

Is migration a blessing or a curse for the African continent? This work,  coordinated by professor Mbuyi Kabunda analyses the characteristics of the internal and external migrations of the continent, highlighting the positive and negative aspects for Africa and Europe, in order to end the ethnocentric idea of development, as in the analysis of international migratory flows we usually go on  more about the South-North migrations, vertical or intercontinental, ignoring the intra-continental or horizontal ones, which are those that register the greatest displacements in the world and that are produced among the different regions of the South and among countries on the same continent.

 
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49 horas en Kinshasa. Crónica desde la Embajada de España

On the 22nd March 2007 several artillery shells hit the building that housed the Spanish Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The regular Congolese army faced the forces of the former vicepresident of the Republic, and also former warlord, Jean-Pierre Bemba. The Spanish Embassy was not a target, or should not have been, but it became the wrong target . The then Spanish ambassador in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Miguel Fernández-Palacios was involved in those forty nine dramatic hours, in which he had to take decisions regarding a limit situation that he now narrates in these pages.

 
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Mauritania. Contra viento y marea Memorias

In power for twenty years, Moktar Ould Daddah became the first elected president of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. He trained in Law in a France that was reluctant to the idea of de-colonisation, he was able to build a State-nation despite the troubled international surroundings of the time and the inexperience he shared with the leading members of his team. He formed a sole government with no opposition, institutionalising the Popular Party of Mauritania. His policies ended up being recognised throughout the World and these memories, with marked political overtones, delve into the experience of a man who fought to finish with the vindication of Morocco on Mauritania during nearly a decade and who maintained a regime of national unity.

 
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Thot. Pensamiento y poder en el Egipto faraónico

This book contradicts the image that the majority of history films and books have transmitted about an Egypt that is populated with mummies, tombs and terror. Kémit, the Black Country, was a place of light and happiness. There was an Egyptian way of living, thinking and working; and within that particular style of envisaging a deeply African life and world, there was no room for hatred, terror and destruction. This is how professor Ferran Iniesta tells it in a work that is not without controversy, stressing the African vitalism of ancient Egypt against existential pessimism and showing how the Egyptian culture challenged pain, fear and death with a friendly chant to universal harmony, where Seth and Horus (the two Fighters) complemented themselves as dynamic parts of Thot, the supreme wisdom.

 
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The globalisation of investments in Africa

Adams Bodomo, a native of Ghana and director of the African Studies Programme of Hong Kong University, in this work examines the role of foreign investment in African development, especially with reference to Europe and the two great Asian powers, China and India. After examining the concept of direct foreign investment, opening the debate on its benefits and how it affects the economic development and the political sovereignty of the host country, the historical perspective provides a scenario of domination by Western colonial powers, mainly European. Following this historical review, we explain the paradigm shift caused by the intensification in the 21st century of Chinese presence in the continent.  Can Africa make globalisation work for its own benefit?

 
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Africa and cooperation with the south from the south

Mbuyi Kabunda coordinates the interventions of this work that aims to answer questions such as what has been the real reason for the failure of development cooperation in Africa? or why are we not near the end of underdevelopment and dependence, or why are the Objectives for Millennium Development on the continent not going to be reached?
For the authors, who are mainly African and come from the South, the explanation comes from, on the one hand, a lack of funding in the social and, on the other hand, from the deep causes of the evils and problems that need to be resolved and that have not been properly diagnosed. Because of this they advocate strengthening cooperation South-South. Buy

 
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History of the Congo

Isidore Ndaywel è Nziem, historian, professor of Kinshasa University and researcher, presents us this work about the complete history of the Congo; from Palaeolithic times to the present day. The different states and kingdoms in the Zaire basin; its relationship with far away Europe in the 16th century; the unending search for the birth of the Nile which led to the discovery of the Great Lakes, with figures such as Stanley and Livingstone; the Belgium Congo and Leopold II's reign; wars of occupation and continued resistance of the Congolese; the first free elections with Lumumba as Prime Minister; Mobutu's dictatorship of more than thirty years and the successive governments and uprisings.

 
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África al socorro de África (Africa to the Rescue of Africa)

What has happened in Africa to make the hope that emerged from decolonisation seem to be so distant today? The imposed development model is being questioned, but can African leaders be exonerated of all responsibility in the increased poverty and violence that holds back the creative energy of so many citizens in the black continent? For Sanou Mbaye, Africans must assume responsibility of their own development, and to do so, he proposes an array of innovative solutions. He defends overcoming nationalist and ethnic isolations so that solidarity may flourish between the continent´s people and its ethnic dispersion in order to recover its identity. Fifty years after the independences, which are not yet fully completed, Africa can and must awaken.

 
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Esfera pública africana. Medios para las democracias (Public African Realm. Media for the Democracies)

The communication dimension is a privileged perspective for reaching Southern Sahara. In addition to the chapters by José Carlos Sendín (who presents the general panorama of the media in Africa) and by Antoni Castel (who describes the challenges faced by communication for social change in the continent), this work offers reflections and contributions about the public African realm. Bella Mody analyses how Africa is represented in Northern and Southern media after the Darfur crisis; Jenkeri Zakari Okwori introduces the media panorama of English-speaking Africa, David Tam-Baryoh discusses the role of the media in a fragile State like Sierra Leone, and Patrice Douh focuses on the status of French-speaking media in Africa. As a result, perhaps we may come closer to hearing Africa´s voice.

 
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El pensamiento tradicional africano. Regreso al planeta negro (Traditional African Thought. Return to the Black Planet)

This book is a journey through African thought. People cannot progress if they only rely on foreign thought models, and the main problem of contemporary Africa is the theorist servility of its leaders towards politics, the economy and western philosophy. These pages make room for African thinkers, the only ones who face the modern model that is full of destructive progressivism and individualism that lacks solidarity. They are the ones who today begin to stand firmly as the only way to overcome this global model in which humanity progresses towards climatic and social disaster, the only ones who are able to offer perspectives for Africa and to break away from "Euro-philosophy" and its inability to coexist with the world.

 
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La integración regional y el desarrollo en África (Regional Integration and Development in Africa)

Since decolonisation, regionalism represents the continent´s socio-economic transformation for African leaders. In this work, three central aspects are addressed: the regional integration architecture, its contribution towards human development, and the reality of political commitment. Prestigious authors with different profiles present some of the keys for understanding the most recent debates and proposals. : Tandeka C. Nkiwane, Yousif Suliman, Mwansa J. Musonda, Karel Van Hoestenberghe, Jimi O. Adesina, Ablassé Ouedraogo, Daniel A. Tanoe, William Awinador Kanyirige and Tchabouré Aimé Gogué. Their views show the discrepancies that exist about the most appropriate type of regionalism for Africa´s development, and its connection with other actors in the international setting.

 
Mitos y Realidades en África.

Mitos y Realidades en África [Myths and Realities in Africa]

Africa specialists hold that the 20th century was a defining moment for the continent, as it saw the breaking up of age-old structures and the full arrival of globalisation. It was a century that saw many Africans die before their time, the victims of wars, hunger and poverty. Yet that is not the only image we should have of 20th century Africa: the population has tackled most of its problems, often in a satisfactory manner. This work aims to be an exercise of memory to set the departure points which from an ideological perspective have marked the start of the 21st century. Co-authors: Antonio Santamaria and Mbuyi Kabunda.

 
Imaginar África

Imaginar África [Imagining Africa]

Imagining Africa considers common stereotypes about Africa which still prevail in the Western worldview. Presented by colonial literature as being a dark continent and by thinkers as having no history, Africa has been perceived by part of the Western world as being an inhospitable place inhabited by people rooted in a tradition that prevented them from embracing modernity and its respective values, such as democracy and human rights. These stereotypes are reproduced on occasion by the media that forge public opinion. The vitality of African societies and their great cultural output rarely appear in the media and literature. Authors: Antoni Castel, Donato Ndongo, Jean Bosco Botsho, Lola López, Gustau Nerín and José Carlos Sendín.

 
Paz y seguridad en África Subsahariana

Peace and Security in Sub-Saharan Africa

This work brings together some of the most relevant voices, from both Africa as well as Europe, for analysing the main issues related to peace and security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Based on three primary aspects (the impact of the international crisis on Africa, the governance situation and fragile states, and the cooperation proposals between Europe and Africa on this matter), these pages outline a dual thesis:
Africa has become a priority for the agenda of international peace and security, while the African continent´s countries and organisations have created a new continental architecture on this matter. The authors of this book aim to open new questions and debates on this subject.

 
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El próspero negocio de la piratería en África (The Prosperous Business of Piracy in Africa)

From the coasts of Somalia to those of Guinea and the Niger Delta, piracy has become one of the leading challenges for international security. This phenomenon, which currently appears in all newspapers and newscasts and is sometimes the focus of poor simplifications, is very complex in terms of its possible causes: social de-structuring and misery, without forgetting overfishing by modern western fleets, which have dramatically reduced traditional fishing in many African countries.  These aspects are presented in this work as the key pieces to understanding the reasons and the possible consequences of a conflict that sets its roots in a wide array of factors and unbalances related to our globalised world.

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