"Canon H.M. Waddams who has kindly prepared this very timely Bulletin is a valued member of the C.S.S. Committee on International Affairs. .... We are grateful to him for his compilation and commentary" -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword -- Central Africa : 1960 : Introductory Note / H.M. Waddams -- Africa 1960 : A Survey for the Africa Bureau, London -- Review in Central Africa : Extracts from a pamphlet / The Rev. S. Alan Keighley, Secretary of the International Department of the British Council of Churches -- Multi-Racias Society Can Survive in Central Africa, Monckton Commission of Federation -- Part II : Church Statements -- [Listing of] The Anglican Dioceses of the Anglican Communion in Africa.
Church Statements include: Lambeth Conference 1958 : Extract from the Report of the Committee on the Reconciling of Conflicts between and within Nations. p.2.132 -- The Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches (Evanston) 1954. Resolutions on Intergroup Relations Adopted by the Assembly -- The Council for Social Service [resolution of 31 August 1960 by which] the Lambeth Resolution 110 was fully endorsed".
The author, Africa development coordinator for the Primate's Relief and Development Fund, reflects on a meeting she attended in Nairobi in June 1998 dedicated to the concept of the "Reconstruction of Africa". "The Nairobi meeting consisted of a group of remarkable Christians -- there was no dominant leader -- some working inside churches, some in ecumenical councils, some in universities, some in secular organizations. In a three-year process, these activists have visited Africa's most troubled places. They have held dialogues with key national and and regional civic organizations as well as with intergovernmental organizations such as the Southern Africa Development Coordination Committee (SADC)". "What generates tremendous excitement at meetings like the one I attended in Nairobi is the knowledge that building modern, responsive institutions must involve a balance between the recognition of spiritual needs, the reality of debt and the destruction of social infrastructure, and the profound need to sustain the best of community values and practices. There is no sentimentality about this, nor is there helplessness. What there is is a willingness to forge alliances with other activists in civil society. The role of the North, its overwhelming command of economic power and Africa's relative lack of bargaining power, is recognized, but it is not seen as a way out of Africans accepting responsibility for their future".