Browsing: eradicating poverty in Africa

For aeons, Africa has been synonymous with extreme poverty levels, so much so that in 2000 it was branded the 'hopeless continent' by the Economist.

Conversely, the trajectory has been steadily shifting, with the continent recording exponential growth in GDP and average incomes. However, the cherry on the cake has been the projected massive potential of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which commenced operations in the dawn of 2021, offering a lifeline for alleviating this deeply entrenched poverty.

The World Bank estimates that if the Agreement's goals are fully realize...

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  • In 2020, sub-Saharan Africa plunged into its first recession in more than 25 years, erasing at least five years of progress in fighting poverty.
  • Economists forecast that lost ground will not be recovered until 2024, when they expect per capita output to return to pre-pandemic levels.
  • The persistent impact of the pandemic on incomes means the poverty rate would translate into almost 25 million more people living in poverty, compared with pre-Covid estimates.

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed an estimated 30 million people in sub-Saharan Africa into extreme poverty, wiping out more than five years of progress.

This is according to a report released at the ongoing Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore which finds that whilst some ground will be made up as economies across the continent recover, this will still not be enough to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal of eradicating poverty by 2030 – a …

 

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The African continent is wealthy with vast mineral resources, which are 30% of the world’s total mineral reserves. Ninety percent of the world’s platinum and chromium reserves are found in Africa.

Sixty percent of the world’s arable land is located in Africa, which spells much potential for agriculture. Africa also boasts of many tourist attractions, including the majestic Victoria Falls, World Heritage Sites such as the Egyptian pyramids, as well as the numerous game reserves, to mention a few. This is in addition to the rich African culture as well as the diverse ethnic groups with over 1500 languages. It is the world’s second-largest and second most-populous continent. 

Despite lying on a rich bed of resources, both natural and human, the narrative about Africa remains that of the poorest of the poor. 

Changing the narrative

For a long time, the narrative of Africa as an impoverished continent has