the promise of africa
With 54 countries, over 1000 languages, and nearly 800 million people, Africa is a complex and vibrant place. And the world is taking notice. Along with Africa’s economic rise, buzz about the continent has expanded into blogospheres, news media, and pop culture more than ever before. From the Wall Street Journal to TED, major media outlets are changing how people think about Africa. Below is a best-of-the-web selection as it relates to Africa’s rise.
Africa in the News
WSJ: Small Factories Take Root in Africa
By Peter Wonacott
“Some small manufacturers are making things, from shoes to hot sauces, in places where multinationals fear to tread. “
Harvard Business Review: Seven Reasons Why Africa’s Time is Now
By Jonathan Bermann
“Africa’s economy is growing faster than the economies of all other continents.”
The Economist: Africa’s Hopeful Economies
“The continent’s impressive growth looks likely to continue.”
Forbes: Africa is Rising Fast
By Hannes van Rensburg
“Africa is changing for the better”
New York Times: Africa on the Rise
By Nicholas Kristof
“So here’s another way to think of Africa: an economic dynamo.”
Foreign Affairs: Africa’s Economic Boom
By Shantayanan Devarajan and Wolfgang Fengler
“Skeptics fail to grasp the extent to which Africa’s recent growth is a result of economic reforms.”
BBC’s The Story of Africa:
Description: The Story of Africa is an online, interactive history of the African continent told from an African perspective. From early civilizations to independence, this treasure trove provides an excellent primer for those curious about the African story.
Description: In tandem with National Geographic, PBS produced an eight-part series that explores Africa’s various regions as well as its people. The eight-part series also has an interactive online companion that includes resources for the classroom.
PBS’s Wonders of the African World
Description: Africa’s story has too often been painted as dire—rife with disease and war. But PBS’s Wonders of the African world retells the continent’s story in a different light. It examines the vivid past of Africa’s kingdom’s, people, and culture.
African Business Magazine
Description: African Business Magazine is the publication of choice for Africa’s business, government and nonprofit elite. Anyone curious about the leading personalities, firms and issues facing Africa’s business community should read this monthly magazine.
Description: An offshoot of African Business Magazine, African Banker provides the finance community with insights into banking, finance, currency and insurance. Moreover, African Banker offers analysis on the continent’s stock and capital markets.
Description: In 2011 the international business authority, Forbes, released a magazine dedicated entirely to African business. Forbes Africa maintains the same trusted reputation that its American version developed and even released two additional magazines in 2013—Forbes African Woman and Africa Forbes Life.
African Business Review:
Description: Through its website and online magazine, African Business Review features news, analysis and commentary on the continent’s business and finance community.
How We Made it in Africa
Description: This publication is directed at business people as well as foreign investors. Through profiles of successful business leaders, entrepreneurs, and foreign investors, How We Made it in Africa shows that not only can business be done successfully on the continent, but that it has been done there for hundreds of years. In 2011, How We Made it in Africa won the Diageo Africa Business Report Award in the Media of the Year category.
Description: Over the years, TED (Technology. Entertainment. Design) has brought in some of the world’s leading thinkers regarding Africa’s past, present and future. Some of the figures that have graced the TED stage include Dambisa Moyo, Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Ghanaian economist George Ayittey.
Description: Though its last blog post was written in 2011, this blog captured the best of the aid debate in real-time. Aid Watch was operated by William Easterly at the New York University Development Research Institute and still contains a vast wealth of information about bottom-up development.
Acumen Fund Blog
Description: The Acumen Fund was established by Jacqueline Novogratz, proponent of “patient capital;” that is, capital willing to bare more risk and wait longer for returns in the hope of social, as well as economic, growth. The Acumen Fund Blog, then, explores how patient capital is helping to eradicate poverty in the world.
Maker Faire Africa
Description: Maker Faire Africa embodies the best of entrepreneurship on the continent. Each year the continent’s best innovators and inventors gather to showcase their creative talents. In between events, Maker Faire maintains a blog that spotlights the work of Africa’s creative class.
Culture and Travel
Description: Launched in 1988 by NPR, Afropop Worldwide covers the best music coming from the African continent and the Diaspora. Alongside a blog that covers the global Afropop phenomenon, audio of the music-rich radio broadcasts is available as well.
The Travel Channel – Africa
Description: The Travel Channel – Africa offers guides and articles as well as advice on where to stay and what to do for would-be travelers. From wine road trips and private African Safari’s, the Travel Channel charts out potential luxury adventure spots from Cairo to Cape Town.
The Lonely Planet – Africa
Description: The Lonely Planet travel guides are unrivaled. The story is no different for LP’s coverage of Africa. LP advises travelers with and without a budget where to stay, what to do, what to see, and how to get there, creating a rich experience no matter the cost.
National Geographic – Africa
Description: The most striking photography of people, culture and nature from Africa’s 54 countries.
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Women's Empowerment: Key to African Development
A Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment
Bradley Project on Africa
The Bradley Project on Africa Bookshelf
3 Myths that Block Progress for the Poor
Africa's Homegrown Development Solutions
The Rwanda Model
Arkansas Bridge to Africa
Doing Business in Africa
Companies Traded on Africa's Stock Exchanges
Africa's New Marketplace
In Focus: A Fortune 500 Company Finds Consumers in Africa
Q&A: Zain Latif, TLG Capital
China in Africa
China in Africa: A New Model of International Development
The African Lion and the Dragon in the East
Dambisa Moyo on China in Africa
China in Africa
Singapore and Africa - Lessons from Singapore
Promise of Africa
The Promise of Africa
The True Size of Africa