"Foresight Africa" focuses on top priorities for Africa in 2012
On the 11 January, the Brookings Institute - a Washington based research and analysis group working towards attaining sustainable economic growth for Africa - published "Foresight Africa: The Continent's Top Priorities for 2012," a grouping of articles focusing on the coming year's major challenges for Africa, policy recommendations, and means by which to push forwards the economic growth of the continent.
The report features nine analyses on various issues. In the the first article on China Africa relationship, the author argues that one goal for African countries in 2012 should be to articulate a comprehensive China policy that goes beyond trade to include issues of industrialization, agriculture, labor markets and politics. The second piece focuses on Africa's regional integration effort and the opportunities that could arise if African governments and regional economic communities can increase coordination. The article "Strategies for improving food security in Africa" looks into the burden posed by constant fluctuations in food prices on African farmers. The implementation of communal storage spaces is proposed as a solution to mitigate the food insecurity related to price volatility.
Other articles in the report focus on governance issues, security, aid effectiveness, the impact of the global economic slowdown on Sub Saharan Africa.
The report can be found on the Brookings website.