Five Lions Poised to Leap?

The Economic and Demographic Potential of Africa’s Threshold Nations


By Steffen Kröhnert, Simon Müller, Florian Sievers, and Reiner Klingholz


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Africa has long been associated with poverty, droughts and wars. Yet, many African countries exhibit comparatively high economic growth rates nowadays. At the same time, Africa’s population is expected to double by 2050. Whether the continent will succeed in achieving the long-awaited leap forward also depends on people’s ability to climb out of poverty and become part of the middle class. The Berlin Institute analyses which problems African states have overcome so far in this manner and identifies challenges ahead. Five country chapters present the beacons of hope.


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