Rethinking Africa’s economic and social development (3)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

Africa’s place in the emerging world order should no longer be treated as pre-ordained, economically, socially, politically, or intellectually. Rather, it must be recognised that the continent has a duty to secure its niche through deliberate and relentless struggles in all spheres of life. The copious reference to the Information Technology (IT) industry should serve […]

Rethinking Africa’s economic and social development (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

Various positive projections about Africa’s demographic prospects and preponderance in human resources in decades ahead remain, for now, as projections at the very best, and are vulnerable to confounding variables which could upset such projections in ways beyond contemplation in the very near future or thereafter. Some of those variables are already self-evident in their […]

Rethinking Africa’s economic and social development (1)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

Events of the past three decades have had significant social, political and economic impacts on Africa as well as the entire world to varying degrees. For Africa in particular, the varying degrees of impacts and their causes have been subjects of studies, commentaries and criticisms through the subsequent years. The missing links, however, involve those […]

Africa’s dilemma and the right energy pathway (3)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

The aftermath of breakdown of dams could have significant consequences for Africa, irrespective of where it occurs. Observers have expressed concerns that diverting the flow of the Congo River to create a reservoir would flood the Bundi Valley, affecting local agricultural lands and natural environments, and may cause huge methane emissions that would contribute to […]

Africa’s dilemma and the right energy pathway (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

As Africa warms up join the hydroelectirc dams race, some crucial issues are worthy of attention. How much of some SWOT analysis has been done before joining this rat race? What are the anticipations, the expectations and the fears, real or imagined? With what resources, and at what costs, are these grandiose projects to be […]

Africa’s dilemma and the right energy pathway (1)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

Africa stands at the crossroads between technological advancement, economic expansion, environmental stewardship and sustainable development. The continent, understandably, missed the industrial revolution of mid-eighteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries. It avoidably lagged behind the Green Revolution, or third agricultural revolution, occurring between 1950 and the late 1960s, that increased agricultural production worldwide. Now it is under pressure […]

Durable cornerstones for Africa’s Trade Area

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

For Africa, the reasons for optimism know no bounds. Although, Africa’s economy is small in comparison with its sheer size and the human population that is in excess of 1 billion, the continent still remains a land of hope at the very best. But, going by the current trend of growth, Africa’s economy nominal GDP, […]

Africa, financial inclusion and small enterprise: what prospects?

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

The self-reinforcing narrative about Africa’s pervasive poverty seems to have taken root for far too long. While the global economy is on the upswing due to pervasive influence of technological and scientific advancement, with the industrialised nations spawning multi-million dollar industries and vibrant small enterprises, Africa still struggles to stay afloat across all sectors. Although […]

Unlocking Africa’s boundless treasure (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

The idea behind saving a beleaguered Africa was commendable. Nonetheless, the interventionists had a tunnel vision: they forgot alternatives, or probably discountenanced them. Until much later, when public outcry became loud, it did not seem appropriate – at first – that Africa needed trade, not aid. Reports from assessment studies tracking the aid distribution subsequently […]