By Gregory Mann

This booklet appears to be like past the known background of former empires and new geographical regions to contemplate newly transnational groups of team spirit and relief, social technological know-how and activism. presently after independence from France in 1960, the folks dwelling alongside the Sahel - a protracted, skinny stretch of land bordering the Sahara - turned the topics of human rights campaigns and humanitarian interventions. simply while its states have been most powerful and so much formidable, the postcolonial West African Sahel turned fertile terrain for the creation of novel different types of governmental rationality discovered via NGOs. The roots of this 'nongovernmentality' lay in part in Europe and North the USA, however it flowered, sarcastically, within the Sahel. This booklet is exclusive in that it questions not just how West African states exercised their new sovereignty but in addition how and why NGOs - starting from CARE and Amnesty overseas to black internationalists - started to think parts of sovereignty in the course of a interval during which it was once so hugely valued.

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