In many African countries improvements in good governance are accompanied by economic growth. However, increases in growth and trade are not equal to “development”, thus more efforts have to be directed to improve good governance and the efficiency of governments in Africa. Asked about policy recommendations on how the EU could support democracy in (South) Africa, there’s a clear message: The EU must step up its game and understand that facilitating trade trumps development aid.
In 2000, the British Economist published a report on Africa entitled “The hopeless continent”. Africa had gone through two waves of liberation. Firstly by ousting the colonial powers and secondly by removing the liberators from colonial rule, which had become dictators in many African countries. However, things did still not look good. HIV/AIDS, poverty, armed conflict, failing states, lack of rule of law and good governance were hampering the economic, political and social development of most African countries, with very few exceptions.
Only 13 years later, things look different on the African continent. This year’s special of the economist was entitled “Africa rising”. Continue reading →
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12.00-14.00
Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, Ave de Cortenbergh 71, 1st floor, 1000 Brussels
Africa has undergone two waves of liberation. The first was from the European colonial powers. The second was from the liberators themselves, who, in many cases, were inept administrators and autorcratic rulers. The second wave is still continuing, but already there is a third wave in the offing. This is Africa’s liberation from political economies characterized by graft, crony capitalism, elitism and social inequality. This third liberation will open up the economic space for business to grow and create wealth. How far has Africa progressed along this route?
In this pattern South Africa, as Africa’s only industrialized nation, occupies a special place. Even though it became fully independent from its colonial power, Great Briatin, as early as 1961, it did not become fully democratic until 1994. Since then the liberation movement, the African National Congress has completely dominated South African politics. What have been the government’s achievements and failures, and what is likely to happen next in South Africa.