Faculty Scholarship

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2010


This article argues that unless the three primary international actors in Africa [--the U.S., the E.U., and China--] restructure their strategy towards the continent in a manner that gives [good governance, the rule of law, and human rights] preeminence, both the interests of Africa and the business of these countries will suffer, as the two are intimately bound together. The first section discusses the African paradox-a wealthy continent of impoverished people-and claims that the cause of this paradox is the lack of respect for human rights, the rule of law, and good governance. The second section concerns the failure of internal solutions to Africa's problem. The three sections that follow concern the interests of the U.S., the E.U., and China in Africa; the role that each has played in Africa; and the stances they have taken concerning these values. The sixth section expounds the natural relationship between business investment and human rights, the rule of law, and good governance, with particular concern for the present situation of Africa. The final section offers recommendations and conclusions based upon the preceding discussion. [excerpt]