Sample Essay

Chapter 1: Introduction

Security is said to be controversial concept[1] and is often defined with political overtones and it is seen that the political leaders opt to define security in whatever suits their motives. After the Cold war where there were changes in various spheres and the concept of security was also changed and it was beginning to be defined in terms of ‘non-military challenges’[2]. Moreover the issue of encountering and fulfilling the ‘basic needs and aspirations’ of the African people are also of a central concern when it comes to the discussion of human security and health in Africa[3].

Despite the new concern granted in favour of the African people the country has been ignored owing to the ‘traditional imperatives of state interests, power, military force and geopolitical instability’ and the notion of security has not achieved the interpretation of humanity and developmental features[4].

[1] Moller, Bjorn. The United Nations: As a Security Political Actor-With a Special Focus on Africa. Copenhagen: Danish Institute for National Studies, 2005,p.7.

[2] Poku, Nana K, Neil Renwick, and Joao Gomes Porto. “Human security and development in Africa.” International Affairs, 2007: 1155-1170,p.1155.

[3] As in 2,p.1155

[4] As in 2,p.1155

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