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Africa Rising: Who Benefits from the Continent's Economic Growth?

Author: Perspectives - Political Analysis and Commentary from Africa 01/2014
Organisation: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
Publish Date: February 2014
Country: Africa
Sector: Economic
Type: Other publication
Language: English
Tags: Social development

With this edition of Perspectives, the Heinrich Böll Foundation gives Africabased commentators and experts from across the continent the opportunity to critically reflect on the “Africa rising” story and the sub-narratives it carries, including the rise of the African woman, the rise of the African middle class and the power of innovation.

The articles demonstrate that, in too many instances, it is not the wider population but small segments and interested parties, such as the local political elite and foreign investors, who are benefitting from economic growth and resource wealth. Social cohesion, political freedom and environmental protection carry little importance in the comforting world of impressive growth statistics. The glamorous images of Africa’s prominent women and rising middle class produced and re-produced in the media prevent the less attractive and more complex stories about ordinary people’s daily struggles from being heard.
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