Integration was a major theme in the three mapping sessions. Leadership was highlighted as a key to ensure that incentives are aligned among stakeholders. Learning and sharing best practices across borders was repeatedly suggested as a way to accelerate integration, especially focusing on areas where Africa is already strong, like agriculture, minerals and mining, but at the high end of the supply chain, not the low-end. This shift will require creative ways to educate youth and spur entrepreneurship to provide the talent, energy, and ICT to drive change. From ‘aid to trade’ was a rallying call, as was ‘made in Africa, sold in Africa.’
SALIMA/BEIJING (Reuters) - Malawians bill their country as the "Warm Heart of Africa" and pride themselves on a reputation for friendliness. But Jaffa Shaibu, a burly 32-year-old merchant in a clothes market in Salima, a dusty town near the shores of Lake Malawi, feels less than welcoming to the Chinese traders who have moved in over the past four years.
WASHINGTON, DC – Last year, the international community recognized one of the worst humanitarian tragedies of recent times unfolding in the Horn of Africa, and moved in to ameliorate the widespread famine there. Now, poor rains, crop shortages, and continuing conflict could cause millions to be plunged back into life-threatening levels of hunger and malnutrition.