Africa's Future (Ebook)

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.

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.

Publication date: 09/02/2012


ISBN: 9781847657992

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B00794SKSO

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

Reviews for Africa's Future

'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 

Duncan Clarke

Duncan Clarke

Duncan Clarke was founder and Chairman of the Board, Global Pacific & Partners, a private advisory firm based in London, with vintage of around 40 years. Born and raised in Rhodesia, he gained the PhD (Economics) at University of St Andrews, 1975, and has since written and published extensively on Africa and as well been an economist and advisor to governments and companies worldwide, and focused on geo-economics, Africa and world oil, historiography, and corporate strategy in Africa for the global upstream industry. The most recent books, published by Royal Sable Publishing, have been Rhodes' Ghost: The Conquest of Zambesia, in 2020, and The Last Rhodesians: Society Adrift, in 2022. Another, Accidental Author, will be released in 2023.

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