Global Equity in Africa
The Future Africa Chair in Global Equity was established in March 2023 with the broad objective to pursue multi-perspective strategies for global prosperity and peace. The strategies we wish to pursue should position Africa, not only as a major beneficiary of global peace and prosperity but also as a contributor to that objective. In respect of most indicators of prosperity and peace, Africa continues to be left behind. According to a recent World Bank Report, while levels of extreme poverty have decreased globally, they have increased in sub-Saharan Africa.
It is not only that Africa remains the most impoverished continent, but it also remains a continent in conflict with high levels of sustained conflict and serious breaches. Under these circumstances, global equity remains unattainable as one continent will remain disadvantaged and marginalized and Africa cannot contribute to the achievement of the global goals.
It is in this context that the Research Chair will pursue multi-perspective strategies for global equity, in particular equity for Africa, by identifying challenges preventing progress on the continent and identifying innovative pathways for overcoming them.