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Is this Africa’s decade?

01.18.50

Is this Africa's decade?

A far cry from the aid, fair trade and patronising paternalism that still informs NGO speak, the new decade is looking bright for Africa. Speakers in this must watch debate provide the real development picture and shun the West’s myth ridden narrative of Africa as ‘hapless child’ or ‘dark continent’ in need of healing. This year, Angola beat China to the top with annual average GDP growth of 11.1%. In the next five years, African countries are predicted to outperform their Asian counterparts. Of course, it’s easy to grow fast when you are small – but nonetheless the lion is on the move, along with the elephant and the tiger. Growth not aid, we learn is transforming lives and its time to tell the real story. Filmed at the Battle of Ideas, the panellists are: Alice Ajeh, international relations manager, Nigeria, Shell International; Marieme Jamme, CEO, SpotOne Global Solutions; co-founder, Africa Gathering; Angus Kennedy, head of external relations, Institute of Ideas; Sam Mendelson, co-founder, Social Performance Advisory. Chaired by SOAS student Joel Cohen.

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Hadhi said:

I remember one of WORLDwrite’s film this guy saying a great country is not just about people staying but people moving there, so Portuguese people in their thousands are moving to Angola and who can blame them with 11% growth rates. This was a real eye opener and breath of fresh air to the usual Western paternalistic patronage of Africa. Great debate

Robin said:

As usual at the Battle of Ideas this debate tells a different story, a truer picture of what is happening in the African continent. This is a must watch and has given me lots of food for thought and examples I can now use to help the argument against those that still want sustainable living (well for others anyway) as opposed to the big development that Africans are working towards

Bee said:

This is a really exciting debate. I never knew Africa is doing so well, I know it is from a poor place but so what, this is the story to tell.