Africa and sutainable development
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges that “progress made in the last 15 years has been uneven, particularly in Africa where some MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) remained out of track ” and reiterates the need for the continent to focus, by “recommitting [itself] to the full realization of all the MDGs, including the off-track MDGs, in particular by providing focused and scaled-up assistance to least developed countries and other countries in special situations, in line with relevant support programmes. The New Agenda builds on the Millennium Development Goals and seeks to complete what these did not achieve, particularly in reaching the most vulnerable.”
There are many problems which are responsible for stopping and weakening good governance and sustainable development in Africa and those in charge of its management confront and should try and resolve these. They include : impatience on the part of the governed and, in some cases, the rulers; greed; corruption; political realities; poverty; lack of innovation and a consequent dependence on foreign stakeholders; methods and models which get in the way of African affairs are managed and the internal weaknesses of the various African states particularly in the face of globalisation. So, Africa’s prioritisation of sustainable development remains insufficient.
However, if the younger generation were empowered to start focusing their potential as entrepreneurs and to manage their talents in product development, or if scientific research to provide more drought resistant crops, find alternative sources of energy and substitutes for the wood being harvested at an alarming rate received more support, then that would promise a stronger projected growth and the people of Africa’s sustainable development can find the right path.