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Upcoming Event

Foresight Africa:

Top priorities for Africa in 2022

On January 26, AGI will host a Foresight Africa launch featuring a high-level panel of leading Africa experts to offer insights on regional trends along with recommendations for national governments, regional organizations, multilateral institutions, the private sector, and civil society actors as they forge ahead in 2022.

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022
9:30AM - 11:00AM EST

Report Overview

With this and every iteration of Foresight Africa, we aim to capture the top priorities for the region in the coming year, offering recommendations for African and global stakeholders for creating and supporting a strong, sustainable, and successful Africa. In doing so, we hope that Foresight Africa 2022 will promote a dialogue on the key issues influencing development policy and practice in Africa during the upcoming year. Such ideas will ultimately provide sound strategies for sustaining and expanding the benefits of economic growth to all people of Africa in the years ahead.

Browse through the chapters below


Africa’s economic recovery:

Financing robust post-pandemic growth

In Chapter 1, our authors share reasons for confidence in Africa’s economic recovery and offer strategies for boosting financing to protect and enhance the economic gains of recent decades. The region’s entrepreneurial youth, technological revolution, sustained investments, recent economic successes, and promise of its “latent assets” all contribute to the positive trajectory the region is witnessing despite the emergence of COVID-19 variants that threaten to set the region back.

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Public health:

Ensuring equal access and self-sufficiency

Indeed, much of Africa’s economic recovery hinges on the world’s ability to contain this virus in the long term—as we saw late last year in the reactive travel bans that punished Africa for the omicron variant already circulating around the globe. Clearly, national economies can only have robust growth if both the global economy and their populations are healthy. For this reason, we dedicate Chapter 2 to strategies for preparing Africa’s health systems to be self-sufficient for tackling both current and future health crises as well as exploring strategies to achieve global health equity.

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African women and girls:

Leading a continent

Notably, the world has witnessed remarkable leadership under African women when navigating these crises—at a time when recent gains in women and girl’s education, health, and livelihoods have reversed. Africa’s women and girls continue to flex their intellectual and metaphorical muscles across a variety of arenas—in politics, in offices, in the home, in schools, in laboratories, in hospitals, and on the global stage, to name just a few. Thus, in a first-ever decision, this year, we dedicate a full chapter, Chapter 3, to strategies for further empowering African women and girls.

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Climate change:

Tackling a global challenge

Africa has already shown its ability to lead when it comes to tackling the global climate change crisis through shared efforts like the Common Africa Position. It bears repeating that, despite contributing least to the problem, Africa is experiencing the worst effects—not only in increased natural disasters, but also in cascading impacts like migration and decelerated economic growth. Thus, in Chapter 4, our authors show that, through regional solidarity as demonstrated at the recent global climate negotiations at the U.N. Climate Change Summit; successful local and national response to climate mitigation and adaptation; and increased global commitment to climate finance, this challenge does not have to be the insurmountable.

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Technological innovations

Creating and harnessing tools for improved livelihoods

Notably, a major tool in tackling climate change and other existential threats is technology. This year, we approach the technological revolution with an eye towards practicality: It is omnipresent, so how can Africa best leverage these new technologies? Thus, in Chapter 5, our authors approach the reality and practicability of technological tools, including cryptocurrencies, improved remittance systems, digital diplomacy, and data governance for long-term socioeconomic gains.

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Africa’s external relations:

Reinventing and pursuing new partnerships

The pandemic exposed holes in the fabric of global collaboration and the vulnerability of Africa to global headwinds. Even before the pandemic, though, African countries were looking to foster more balanced relationships with other parts of the world that understand the region’s challenges and might share their lessons, resources, and political capital for equal economic advancement. Thus, in Chapter 6, our authors consider Africa’s relationships with emerging partners, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Gulf states, Russia, and others, and examine how those relationships might lead to prosperous futures for all parties.

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Past Reports

Foresight Africa 2021: Top priorities for Africa in 2021

Foresight Africa: Top priorities for Africa in 2020-2030

Foresight Africa: Top priorities for Africa in 2013


For Africa’s Youth, Jobs are Job One

By John Page


The Second Obama Administration Should Close Africa’s Energy Poverty Gap

By Todd Moss and Stephanie Majerowicz


China’s New Leadership and Sino-Africa Relations

By Yun Sun, Julius Agbor and Jessica Smith


Kenya at a Tipping Point: The 2013 Presidential Election

By Mwangi S. Kimenyi


Discordant Development and Insecurity in Africa

By Richard Joseph


Narrowing Africa’s Education Deficit

By Kevin Watkins


Building Opportunities: Addressing Africa’s Lack of Infrastructure

By John Mukum Mbaku


More than Just Sending Money Home: Engaging the Diaspora as a Priority for Africa’s Development

By Anne W. Kamau and Mwangi S. Kimenyi