Michael Meyer: East Africa’s prosperity gap

Michael Meyer: East Africa’s prosperity gapBy Michael Meyer: Dean of the Graduate School of Media and Communications at Aga Khan University in Nairobi.

In recent years, the narrative of a “rising Africa” has been embraced by some and debunked by others. But all agree on what social engineers call “inclusiveness” – the degree to which members of a society share in its prosperity. With it, say the boosters, Africa will rise. Without it, say the skeptics, it cannot.

Africa’s future really is as simple as that. Without a sense of social contract – a faith in shared progress – economies tend to become unstable and fall apart. “No society that hopes to prosper,” writes the economist Jeffrey Sachs in his book The Price of Civilization, “can afford to leave large parts of its population stuck in the poverty trap.”

More East Africa’s prosperity gap – AzerNews.

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