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Foresight Africa: Top priorities for the continent in 2019

by Acha Leke; Adam Grunewald; Adama Koné; Ahmadou Aly Mbaye; Albert Muchanga; Aliko Dangote; Brahima S. Coulibaly; Cyril Ramaphosa; Ernest Aryeetey; Eyerusalem Siba; Garba Hima Mamane Bello; Jim Yong Kim; Joe Huxley; John Page; John Mukum Mbaku; Landry Signé; Lindsay Wallace; Louise Fox; Mo Ibrahim; Mohamed Beavogui; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Njuguna Ndung'u; Paul Collier; Thione Niang; Tilman Altenburg; Vera Songwe; Victoria Nassera; Viola Llewellyn; Witney Schneidman; Yemi Osinbajo; Yun Sun

Jan 11, 2019

n this year's Foresight Africa, AGI scholars and invited experts illuminate the priorities of the continent in 2019, delving into six overarching themes with recommendations for tackling the challenges that lie ahead. This unprecedented dynamism of the continent is creating opportunities for trade and investment and is drawing interest from an increasingly diverse group of external partners. Democracy is consolidating, although the prevalence of tensions and, in some countries, violence during elections point to areas for improvement. The demographic tidal wave looms closer, and job creation has not yet been able to catch up. Despite continued progress on governance, more efforts are needed to eradicate corruption and to elevate the voice of women and young people in the decisionmaking.

Africa is brimming with promise and, in some places, peril. With its array of contributions, this year's edition reflects both the diversity of the continent and the common threads that bind it together. With that aim, we hope to promote and inform a dialogue that will generate sound practical strategies for achieving shared prosperity across the continent.