Africa faces a myriad of social, political and economic challenges, which need urgent and concerted efforts to address. While the urgency for remedial steps is unquestionable, most important is the nature of steps.
Africa Day presents an opportunity to discuss challenges from the perspective of opportunity, says Dr Richard Munang.
“Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand”, this African proverb sends one fundamental message – to knowledge, always add wisdom – or better, knowledge in and of itself, is not enough.
“The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people”, this African proverb speaks of the power of a people to make or break themselves, their countries and the globe. And so, it is with Africa. The success or failure of Africa rests squarely on the shoulders of its citizens, on the decisions they take.
We need to re-align our areas of research so that they inform our development priorities, says Dr Richard Munang.
The continent’s young people should play the central role in Africa’s development, which should not be outsourced to outsiders, says Dr Richard Munang.
Effective climate action can turn challenges in the Sahel into opportunities, say Dr Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi
As we celebrate Africa Day 2018, let this be the start of accelerated progress to energise us to leverage the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement and beat hunger, malnutrition, youth unemployment, poverty and climate vulnerability.
Sustainable, nature-based agriculture and clean energy can be the cornerstone of development that starts at community level, says Dr Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi.