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January 09th 2014:Africa: Can the Momentum Continue in 2014

With regional GDP growth at 5.5% and the world’s fastest-growing middle class, Africa has been receiving a lot of good press. Can the momentum continue? Or, asks Terence McNamee of South Africa’s Brenhurst Foundation, will 2014 see a “backlash to the Africa rising narrative”? China has played a big role in African growth story; which economies can handle a downturn in Chinese demand? Democracy has spread, but how many states have created a sense of nationhood? Problems are emerging in terms of state formation; are old fault lines reemerging? Is widespread youth unemployment a ticking time bo

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Terence McNamee

Dr. McNamee is Deputy Director of The Brenthurst Foundation (South Africa). He has worked in London and was educated at universities in his native Canada & the UK, receiving his PhD from the LSE. He has been a writer & consultant on projects in the areas of peace-building, post-conflict reconstruction & economic development, primarily in Africa. He is published in academic journals & newspapers. In 2012 he authored the Foundation’s study of Chinese small businesses in southern Africa, entitled ‘Africa in their Words: A Study of Chinese Traders in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zambia and Angola’. Other publications include ‘War Without Consequences: Iraq's Insurgency and the Spectre of St
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