The Economic Potential of Gender Parity for Africa (Project-Syndicate)

Although some African countries have made significant progress toward gender parity in various domains, the continent as a whole is falling behind. African policymakers, businesses, and community leaders need to step up their game in at least five priority areas.

Acha Leke is a senior partner in McKinsey & Company’s Johannesburg office – Lohini Moodley is a McKinsey & Company partner in Addis Ababa

Using extractive industry data to fight inequality & strengthen accountability: Victories, lessons, future directions for Africa (Brookings)

Using extractive industry data to fight inequality & strengthen accountability: Victories, lessons, future directions for Africa

Christina Golubski and Dhruv Gandhi

A Green Industrialization Strategy for Africa (Project-Syndicate)

African countries cannot abandon “brown” industries – those that depend on oil, gas, and minerals – and create a green economy overnight. But they can use them as a tool to achieve a clean, sustainable economy.

Tariye Isoun Gbadegesin is Head of Heavy Industries and Telecoms at Africa Finance Corporation.

Africa’s Philanthropic Potential (Project-Syndicate)

If every African with the means contributed a dollar a month for a year to pool their own resources, the continent could move from charity case to wealth creator. But to achieve this shift, Africa’s philanthropic infrastructure will first need to be strengthened – and in some cases built.

Carl Manlan is an economist and Chief Operating Officer of the Ecobank Foundation. He is a 2016 Aspen New Voices Fellow.

La classe moyenne en faveur de la démocratie ? Un lieu commun à l’épreuve du cas ougandais (IFRI)

Les classes moyennes ont parfois été présentées comme une garantie pour la démocratie. Les études qui établissent une corrélation positive (à ne pas confondre avec un lien de causalité) utilisent souvent les données économiques nationales pour définir les classes moyennes et les comparent au type de régime en place


Dispelling the Dominant Myths of China in Africa (Atlantic Council)

On September 3 and 4, Chinese President Xi Jinping will host the 7th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing. Happening every three years, past FOCAC’s have been used as a platform by Xi to announce new Chinese commitments to deepen economic links with the continent—in 2015, President Xi pledged $60 billion in aid and financing, and he has already recommitted the same amount again this year. Dozens of African leaders have made the trip to Beijing, with the aim of bolstering political and commercial ties with China. FOCAC, coupled with Xi’s trip to the continent in July 2018, is thrusting the question of how the United States should compete with China in African markets back in the spotlight.