In the ongoing battle against global poverty, the countries of Africa continue to present the greatest challenge. 'African development' offers a comprehensive introduction to the issues, actors, and institutions interacting across the diverse continent. Each chapter is organized around three fundamental questions - Where are we now? How did we get to this point? What are the current debates? Interspersed throughout are vivid sidebars acquainting the student with ten well-known 'big men' and ten equally important but lesser known African actors. The text also includes the ABCs of development jargon.