Africa: Crucial Year for Africa’s Development

Africa: Crucial Year for Africa's Development

Johannesburg, CBD. Photo: Evan Bench

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Decisive summits in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Paris and New York will make 2015 a year during which Africa’s vision of its own future can start becoming a reality – but challenges lie ahead.

The next African Union Summit in just a few weeks’ time in Addis Ababa will kick off what will be a busy and extremely important year for Africa – a threshold year for international cooperation, with Africa and its international partners in a position to play pivotal roles.

Later in the year, at the United Nations General Assembly in September, global leaders are expected to endorse new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Africa has been leading from the front, and its voice has been much more pivotal in shaping these new SDGs – in stark contrast to some 15 years ago, where many of the important decisions were directed by western donor countries.

So what challenges lie ahead for Africa in 2015? Financing a Future African leaders and international donors will have to decide how to effectively finance the new, multidimensional (and we may hope) demanding goals for global development. In July, policymakers from around […]

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