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Africa – between optimism and despair

Africa was believed to become the new superpower. With all its potentials and with an upcoming generation of new leaders,  the “Africa rising” movement developed both inside and outside the continent. Now Africa is not even able to feed its … Continue reading

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Maybe Africa did not plan for success

African countries have had a fast and impressive growth. But the economic growth did not coincide with poverty elimination because it was not linked to the economic sectors that affect the poor. Youth unemployment has now reached  alarming proportions. The … Continue reading

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To defeat a President

Typical  African scenario:   1. The newly elected President has launched an ambitious reform program to fight poverty, reduce corruption, revive agriculture and secure equal treatment of all ethnic groups. 2. The President is quickly encompassed by powerful forces within … Continue reading

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Africa – from pessimism to optimism- and now more realism

There are many sweeping statements about development in Africa. Some are optimistic and some are pessimistic. The outside world has difficulties in understanding what is happening in Africa and the extraordinary forces in play there. Little insight  is provided by … Continue reading

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Too little too late – leadership crisis in Africa

Africa is getting richer, but political violence and inequality is on the rise. There are now peacekeeping missions in 11 African countries. Or as one angry Nigerian wrote from Lagos: “Why is it that Africans seem to love killing other … Continue reading

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Development aid – knowledge more important than money   In some countries aid should be phased out or decreased. There are countries ready to take greater responsibility for their own development. Other countries, many of them in Africa, can’t do … Continue reading

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Perceptions and realities of corruption in Africa Corruption poses a major threat to development in Africa. And the battle against corruption seems to fail across Africa. Despite anti-corruption and anti-bribery legislation  being in place, the problem seems to be growing. … Continue reading

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