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Africa's Future: Darkness to Destiny

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Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

Africa's Future: Darkness to Destiny

How the past is shaping Africa's economic evolution

Duncan Clarke

One of the world's leading strategists on global oil exploration puts forward a unique reformulation of Africa's economic past, present and future.

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9781847657992 (9 Feb 2012)

About the book

Many seek to "fix" Africa - economists, experts, politicians, gurus, cognoscenti and glitterati. But the continent conceals multiple secrets, including the Holy Grail: explanations of its saga over the previous centuries.

Africa's Future tells the tale of Africa's economic evolution, revealing unique prisms for understanding the continent's panoramic story, one of triumph over the lasting influences of nature and multiple political tragedies.

Modern Africa developed diverse economic pathways to betterment - yet survivalist economies litter the landscape. Its paradox of "subsistence with many faces" coexists amidst the tiny middle class, growing rich, and many more poor expected in the future.

Clarke provides fresh and challenging insights into Africa's economies and future, offering seasoned views on a continent of unlocked potential which has witnessed many false dawns. Not "poor" but poorly managed, Africa holds greater promise, its destiny revealed by its history.

About the author

With 40 years' background in the economics of Africa and the developing world, Duncan Clarke is a leading writer, thinker and speaker on economics and geopolitics in Africa. Founder and Chairman of Global Pacific & Partners, an advisory firm, recent work includes Africa: Crude Continent: The Struggle for Africa's Oil Prize (Profile Books, 2010, 9781846684197). Now a CNBC Africa TV/Film documentary.


If I need to know anything about oil in Africa, I go straight to this book

- Richard Dowden, director of the Royal African Society

Duncan Clarke's latest book on Africa sets out to answer tough questions about the continent, often asked but seldom satisfactorily answered: What shaped Africa's economies? What went wrong? And can its recent growth be sustained? The result is rather like travelling around Africa in the company of a knowledgeable and entertaining guide who draws lessons from the past while mapping out the future.

- Michael Holman, former Africa editor of Financial Times

A richly detailed review of Africa's past and what it tells us about the future, providing a sobering view of the realities on the ground. Indispensable for anyone interested in global trends in the 21st century.

- Ian Morris

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Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

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