Africa is a rich continent where hope meets opportunity. With one-third of the world’s mineral and energy reserves, more than half of the available arable land, and a rapidly rising population, which will represent a quarter of the global population by 2050, Africa is expected to become the next hub of global economic growth. At the heart of the dynamics that shape today’s world:- environment, development, peace, security – the continent which has long practiced development models imposed by the West is today looking for endogenous solutions.
Among the questions to be addressed:
- Can the continent design a new development model that enhances the links between economy, ecology, culture and spirituality? And can it inspire the Western world?
- How can the continent realize its potential and strike a balance between accelerated growth and sustainability?
- What will be the relevance of development aid and cooperation for future economic growth and good governance in Africa?
- What are examples of sustainable development practices in Africa that could be scaled-up and replicated?