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The future of Africa: Experts gaze into collective crystal ball

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Enough with the debate over whether Africa is rising or not. Let’s ask the leading nerds (some might call them academics) how things are looking for the continent in the future!

Foreign Policy asked 62 experts questions like what is the biggest treat to Africa’s continued growth and which country is the most promising to invest in. The results are interesting.

Infrastructure is listed as the best investment for reducing poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Meanwhile, roughly 60% of the experts said that the World Bank’s goal to reduce extreme poverty to 3% of the world’s population by 2050 is not realistic. On aid, the group overwhelmingly supports the idea that foreign aid does more to help Africa’s poor.

Then we get to the fun questions. Rwanda is picked as the most overrated success story while President Kagame was listed as the most effective leader. The worst leader? That goes to Zimbabwe’s former darling President Robert Mugabe who stands for election in the coming months.

Here are a few of the slides.

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See all five here.


About Author

Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]