The Continent’s Promise: Africa in 2063
By admin June 22, 2015


Africa in 2015 has begun paving the long and winding road towards what could be peace and prosperity by 2063. The continents modern history is riddled with stories of corruption, absolute poverty (those living below USD$1.35 a day), which according to the World Bank, accounts for 48.5 percent of the population, and is rocked by political instability nearly unmatched by many regions of the world today. However, as the world is changing, so too is Africa.

Despite the age old story that has been told, Africa has decided to take the drivers seat as it sets course on what is expected to be one of the most ambitious projects the continent has witnessed since decolonization.  Discussions were quickly underway in the two-day summit held in Johannesburg on June 14-15, where African Union (AU) leaders discussed important decisions regarding the continent’s future, from financial independence to strengthening security at home.

One noteworthy agenda item that appears on the top of the list is the adoption of the ten-year plan to implement the Agenda 2063 initiative, an ambitious goal to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security.

What is Agenda 2063? Many have heard of Africa’s promises and potential throughout the decades, but the new African development framework proposed by the AU provides a vision and action plan geared towards ensuring positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years. The roadmap will be carried out through each 10-year Action Plan, building on the lessons learned and reshaping future measures for the AU, Regional Economic Communities, national governments, and the various stakeholders involved.

The key targets for the action plan are primarily centered on ensuring people-driven development, guaranteeing that future economic growth is both socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. It also aims to achieve an integrated continent, united both politically and economically, reflecting the cultural ideals of Pan Africanism and built on the foundation of good governance. But in order to support the political and economic integration of the continent, African leaders must provide an environment that is conducive to peace and stability to assure prosperity has room to flourish. Most importantly, 2063 envisions an Africa that is strong and united, a new Africa that harnesses its own potential and ultimately writes its own future.

However the shadow of poverty and political corruption has been a specter haunting the continent for much of its history and its legacy is even more visible today. The challenges ahead will be as vast as the ambitions to tackle them.  The roadmap addresses existing and new challenges ranging from conflict to corruption and inequality in all its dimensions, but is it attainable? One of the biggest hurdles to the project will be mobilizing funding, as eradicating poverty and maintaining security cost a shiny penny in the 21st century. It will be up to leaders today and in the future to ensure that sources of funding do not exchange the continents interest or its resources in the name of development

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Africa is not the same continent it was in 1965, and in the next 50 years, the continent will continue to transform in scale and scope unrecognizable today. In this sense, it is markedly clear, the old Africa is out, and a new Africa will soon replace her shoes.

For more information:

African Union pledges for ‘Agenda 2063’

The Next 50 Years: “The Africa We Want”

Agenda 2063 Vision and Priorities

The Future We Want for Africa

Toward Agenda 2063: what progress has been made?

State of Africa and the African Union Agenda 2063

Reasonable goals for reducing poverty in Africa: targets for the post-2015 MDGs and Agenda 2063

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