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date: 28 March 2020

Africa rising 

Source:
A Dictionary of African Politics
Author(s):

Nic Cheeseman,

Eloïse Bertrand,

Sa’eed Husaini

The idea that the combination of population and economic growth would lead to rapid *development and the transformation of the continent into a more powerful player in world affairs. The term ‘Africa rising’ started to be used regularly in the 2000s, inspired by positive news about the expansion of African economies, the penetration of mobile phones, the growth of the middle class, and the youthfulness of the population. The last point was particularly significant because it led to suggestions that, with so many potential young workers, African states could avoid the growing pension crisis facing many Western countries. The phrase has proved to be both catchy and controversial, as critics questioned the sustainability of the continent’s gains. While some argued that high unemployment rates would undermine the capacity of young people to pay tax and so boost government revenues, others pointed out that a significant proportion of Africa’s growth was at least in part driven by Chinese demand (... ...

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