Africa First!

Igniting a Growth Revolution (2020)

What prevents Africa, with its bountiful natural resources, from translating that potential into prosperity? Well-known Africa analyst Jakkie Cilliers uses 11 scenarios to show, in concrete terms, how the continent can ignite a growth revolution that will take millions out of poverty and into employment.

Africa needs much more rapid economic growth. The challenges the continent faces – competing in a globalised world, delivering health care and education, feeding growing populations and grappling with climate change – demand determined leadership and far-sighted policies.

Along with the opportunity that technology offers to leapfrog into the future, Cilliers identifies and models the impact of fundamental transitions needed in agriculture, education, demographics, manufacturing and governance and how these can be brought about.

By offering achievable solutions based on African realities, Cilliers shows how the continent can capitalise on its boundless potential. Authoritative and engaging, this work offers a roadmap for how Africa can catch up with the rest of the world.

Modelling and Scenarios for Africa First!

International Futures (IFs) is a forecasting platform that allows forecasts and analysis of global demographic, economic, energy, agricultural, environmental, domestic sociopolitical, and international political systems throughout the twenty-first century. Visit the African Futures website to get more detailed information about IFs and Africa First!