Africa 2050: Realizing the Continent’s Full Potential

Africa 2050: Realizing the Continent’s Full Potential

“Africa 2050: Realizing the Continent’s Full Potential” was launched on May 20, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda, as part of the African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings.

Africa is at a critical turning point and what its leaders do today will determine where the continent will be socially and economically in 2050, and whether the fast-rising aspirations of Africans are met or crushed. Africa 2050 offers a vision of what could be – an Africa that meets the aspiration of its people and is catching up with the rest of the world in living standards and competitiveness. The book lays out a strategic framework and action agenda for realizing the bold vision. While the action agenda must be country-specific, Africa 2050 identifies 10 common priority that cut across the continent and argues that realization of the vision depends ultimately on pragmatic leadership, the quality of governance and how institutions work.

On May 23, two of the book’s editors, Callisto Madavo and Theodore Ahlers presented the book’s findings to the AfDB Governors.

This study presents exactly the kind of vision and strategy Africa urgently needs and must agree on in order to build on its recent successes and realize the full potential of the continent” (from the foreword by Alassane Ouattara, President of Côte d’Ivoire).  The report deserves close attention from all Africans and their partners. We hope that it will lead to urgent action” (from the preface by Benjamin Mkapa, former President of Tanzania; Horst Koehler, former President of Germany; and Michel Camdessus, former Managing Director of the IMF)

The book is co-edited by Theodore Ahlers, Hiroshi Kato, Harinder S Kohli, Callisto Madavo, and Anil Sood and was published by Oxford University Press in March 2014. It is also available on Amazon. Photos of the book launch event are available here.

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