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Education: Hard Work on Soft Infrastructure

African Sunrise Partners LLC  | Fri, Jul 2, 2021

by Melissa T. Cook


There is plenty of talk about Africa’s need for more infrastructure. Most discussions focus on hard infrastructure like transportation, electricity, power, housing, and the like. The world knows how to fund and build these items, and progress is visible throughout the continent. We think building hard infrastructure is the easy part.

Developing human capital is another matter. Finding the money, developing sound policies, and taking decisive action to improve outcomes in education will take political will similar to what the continent did to create the African Continental Free Trade Area. The stakes could not be higher: Africa must prepare its young people for a future of work in an increasingly technology- and services-oriented world. Failure to act now could doom many young people to a future of poverty, under-employment, and wasted potential.

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