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Ebola has impacted several West African nations, but some have coped better than others. Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have suffered particularly high losses of human life, whereas Nigeria and Senegal have responded relatively well, containing their outbreaks. What has been done differently and what can be learned from this tragic situation to help inform future healthcare policies and funding strategies?
In May 2013, South Africa played host to the 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF Africa). The theme of the conference was “Delivering on Africa’s Promise”. The conference saw key players and investors from all over the world convene to discuss a sustainable path of growth and development for the continent. The summit sought to address three key themes, Accelerating Economic Diversification, Boosting Strategic Infrastructure and Unlocking Africa’s Talent.
The English philosopher Francis Bacon once claimed “opportunity makes the thief”. The implication is that people are not born thieves, but thieves are created in the moment, in situations where opportunities for thievery exist. A second and more unsettling implication is that anyone is potentially a thief. Criminologists working from the opportunity hypothesis also propose that crime is the result of a rational choice in which costs and benefits are weighed up.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Africa is on a path of continuous growth according to the Africa Emergence: Rise of the Phoenix report. Growth in the region, to date, has been referred to as only the “tip of the proverbial iceberg”. Our own Yunus Suleman added that the continent has much more to offer, and that Africa is set to hold its title as one of the largest FDI destinations and one of the fastest-growing economies.
The infrastructure deficit is often noted as having a massive impact on the continent’s development and growth, with infrastructure highlighted as a key area requiring investment. The 23rd World Economic Forum has a central theme of Delivering on Africa’s Promise, and has infrastructure as a dominant and recurring topic for discussion.
Based on the principles of the Spatial Development Initiative (SDI) conceived by the South African government in 1995, resource corridors in Africa are areas in which opportunities (mainly resource-based anchor projects and associated infrastructure) have been identified that can be realised through investments to achieve sustainable development, particularly development brought in other sectors through access to the resource infrastructure.
This episode of the Africa Conversation Series, sees the panel of industry experts putting the spotlight on Africa’s growing relationship with China. What are prospects looking like moving forward, in terms of being able, to leverage off the opportunities that this relationship brings with it and at what cost? It certainly is a sensitive issue right now, following the South African governments failure to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama. With many asking whether the price we are paying for this relationship is actually worth it and whether we are managing this relationship in the best way possiple…