By Professor Gregory Mann
This publication appears past the ordinary historical past of former empires and new geographical regions to think about newly transnational groups of harmony and relief, social technological know-how and activism. presently after independence from France in 1960, the folk dwelling alongside the Sahel - an extended, skinny stretch of land bordering the Sahara - grew to become the topics of human rights campaigns and humanitarian interventions. simply while its states have been most powerful and such a lot bold, the postcolonial West African Sahel turned fertile terrain for the creation of novel sorts of governmental rationality learned via NGOs. The roots of this "nongovernmentality" lay partially in Europe and North the US, however it flowered, ironically, within the Sahel. This booklet is exclusive in that it questions not just how West African states exercised their new sovereignty but additionally 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 used to be so hugely valued.