Africa is rising, so the saying goes. Others refer to that 'rise' as the continent’s economic boom and break through, while others see it as chance for Germany’s middle class to prosper (http://www.afrikaverein.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Studien/AV_Marktchancen_Afrika_2012.pdf). With all this excitement – mostly experienced from outside Africa – I think there is need to be cautious and avoid overhyping this 'Africa is rising or Africa is coming' thing: There is a high possibility that Africa’s rise may have little, if any effect on the ‘real’ development of Africans, particularly if we focus on numbers e.g. GDP growth and/or other ‘development’ indicators without breaking them down to locate where they are coming from and how close they are to the ordinary African citizen. Perhaps we need to question whether this ‘rise’ may be a ‘rise’ of foreign enterprises/corporations in Africa afterall?
I try to address the issue of 'people and Africa's rise' in a video we prepared for the Harvard Business School-Africa Business conference 2013, which was disseminated through WBS e-learning services.
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