Africa Renewal

The Africa Renewal magazine examines the many issues that confront the people of Africa, its leaders and its international partners: sustainable development goals, economic reform, debt, education, health, women's empowerment, conflict and civil strife, democratization, investment, trade, regional integration and many other topics. It tracks policy debates. It provides expert analysis and on-the-spot reporting to show how those policies affect people on the ground. And, it highlights the views of policy-makers, non-governmental leaders and others actively involved in efforts to transform Africa and improve its prospects in the world today. The magazine also reports on and examines the many different aspects of the United Nations’ involvement in Africa, especially within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

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Africa’s least developed: lands of opportunity

Two foreign shoe sellers were once sent to Africa in search of new customers, according to an often-told tale. At the sight of locals marching barefoot, the first seller — a cautious fellow — retreated in despair, advising his company to look elsewhere. The second — a bolder character — rejoiced at what he saw as an untapped market. He ordered thousands of shoes, sold them to the locals and became a wealthy man, or so the legend goes.

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