Africa's Moment

Africa's Moment

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Translated by David Fernbach The 21st century will be the century of Africa. This continent was once seen as empty, rural, animist, poor, and forgotten by the world. Now, fifty years after independence, it is full to bursting, urban and monotheist. If poverty and violence are still rampant, economic growth has taken off again and a middle class is developing. Africa will hold a central place in the big issues facing the world today. If it once made a false start', here it is back again - in the fast lane. The West has missed the turnaround of a continent that will no longer wait for us. How can we best understand it? Demography, economics, politics, diplomacy, cultures and religions - this book presents the different facets of this new Africa, which will soon have a billion people, at the mid point of the most rapid population boom that humanity has ever known. Without ignoring the risks of its metamorphosis, it brings to light the forces and hopes that Africa harbors.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 28mm | 479.99g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white tables, figures
  • 0745651585
  • 9780745651583
  • 2,205,914

About Jean-michel Severino

JEAN-MICHEL SEVERINO was formerly CEO of the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) and has worked at the World Bank as Director for Central Europe.
OLIVIER RAY currently works at AFD. Previously, he worked for the United Nation's Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Security Council Report, on questions of development, conflict prevention and post-conflict recovery.
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"A wake-up call. Its message is simple: look out world, here comes Africa." Wall Street Journal "Clearly conceived, cleanly structured, tightly written and lucidly expressed. A highly readable text." European Voice "Their optimistic analysis of the continent and its inhabitants should be read by all who are interested in looking at Africa with a fresh and different perspective." African Security Review "A significant book for those interested in questions of economic and cultural change." The Age "Africa's Moment has the great value of underlining that Africa's future is indeed in the hands of Africans." South World "A timely and positive assessment of Africa's prospects founded upon deep understanding and a distinctive perspective." Paul Collier, University of Oxford "The West is wedded to a retrograde vision of Africa's past and know nothing of its present, even less of its future. This unprecedented book forces revision of that outlook by addressing a world, just a few decades from now, where one in four human beings will be African." Keith Hart, University of London
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Translated by David Fernbach The 21st century will be the century of Africa. This continent was once seen as empty, rural, animist, poor, and forgotten by the world. Now, fifty years after independence, it is full to bursting, urban and monotheist. If poverty and violence are still rampant, economic growth has taken off again and a middle class is developing. Africa will hold a central place in the big issues facing the world today. If it once made a 'false start', here it is back again - in the fast lane.

The West has missed the turnaround of a continent that will no longer wait for us. How can we best understand it? Demography, economics, politics, diplomacy, cultures and religions - this book presents the different facets of this new Africa, which will soon have a billion people, at the mid point of the most rapid population boom that humanity has ever known. Without ignoring the risks of its metamorphosis, it brings to light the forces and hopes that Africa harbors.
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Table of contents

AcknowledgementsForeword by Paul CollierIntroductionPart One: The Peopling of a ContinentChapter 1 Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?Chapter 2 Malthus on CNNPart Two Africa on the MoveChapter 3 A Black Peril?Chapter 4 Crowded RoadsPart Three: Africa Versus GrowthChapter 5 The Undiscoverable CurseChapter 6 The Great Wheel of GrowthPart Four: When Africa AwakesChapter 7 The Great Clean-UpChapter 8 Emerging AfricaPart Five: God s AfricaChapter 9 Urban CompositionsChapter 10 Crescent and CrossChapter 11 Switched-On AfricaChapter 12 The End of EthnicityChapter 13 African DemocracyPart Six: One March, Three DirectionsChapter 14 Countries of Rent, Countries in DangerChapter 15 The Vanguard of DevelopmentChapter 16 Fragile Africa: One Crisis After AnotherPart Seven: Africa, The World s VitalityChapter 17 The End of InfinityChapter 18 Light Against DarknessChapter 19 The Hunger for LandChapter 20 The Struggle for ManPart Eight: The Newcomer at the Feast of NationsChapter 21 Africa CourtedChapter 22 Emerging Powers: Africa s New Exploiters?Chapter 23 Acknowledging AfricaConclusionMapsNotesIndex
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