Something that has received less attention is African businesses and governments buying up assets in non-African countries.
In an election year dominated by the issue of the economy, it is perhaps unsurprising that the announcement of the Unites States’ most recent Africa Strategy came without much fanfare.
The 21st century was never destined to be an easy one, not least because of the threat of global warming.
The recent and on-going upheaval across the west African country of Mali poses difficult challenges for the international community.
It might be hard to fathom a political crisis in somewhere that is often dubbed “The Warm Heart of Africa”; yet recent months have seen just that.
After decades of conflict, only the naïve could have thought last year’s independence for South Sudan would have been the end of conflict between the largely Arab Muslim north and the African Christian south.
Whilst the good intentions of those behind the Kony 2012 video shouldn’t be criticised, there are some fundamental flaws in their proposition that the UK Government should avoid.
The new forces at work are truly staggering: millions of people are being lifted out of poverty and economic growth is surging forward in Asia and Latin America. Africa too is in the process of transformation, with a burgeoning middle-class and in many places break-neck GDP growth.
For many observers and scholars of Africa, Senegal is to the old domains of France what Ghana is to the old British ones: a true example of a peaceful and successful nation. Boasting an unbroken line of elections since 1960 and an army that has never seized power, it is a country that takes pride …