Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Five Ways Africa is Taking the World by Storm

August 15, 2014

As Bill Gates said recently when he spoke in Addis Ababa, “Usually, people assume that realism and optimism describe two different schools of thought. I disagree. I believe my optimism about the future of Africa is extremely realistic.”

I share Bill’s view that the future of Africa is bright. Every day, we are seeing more amazing innovations and developments appearing across the continent. Whether it’s the huge growth we’re seeing around mobile money, or the way women are playing an ever-greater role as politicians and entrepreneurs, the fact that Africa is on the rise is indisputable.

Here are just a few examples of the power of African progress. Do you have any other examples? Please share them here.

 
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