Paul Vallely, one of the co-authors of the original Commission for Africa report, has written an article on the changing face of Africa to mark the start of the football World Cup in South Africa today.
In a front page article in the British newspaper The Independent, he argues that Africa is very different to the “hopeless continent” that many elsewhere in the world perceive it to be. He describes its recent transformation – economic growth across a range of sectors, the spread of mobile phone technology, increased investment in infrastructure, stability, and increased external investment. He also talks of its future potential and its “rising stock” in the global economy.
He goes onto note however that African governments and others have much to do to put an end to the poverty that still effects the continent and to tackle new challenges, not least climate change.