|The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business
After four insightful days and several interesting sessions the World Economic Forum 2014 came to an end in Davos, Switzerland on 25th January. The big question at this year's event was centred around reshaping the world and how slow growth, high unemployment, rising inequality, and climate change were some of the issues that must be addressed to truly achieve a reshaped world.
The African continent is recognized as one of the last frontier markets, consequently its potential as a foreign investment destination; as such particular sessions were devoted to the continent with specific focus placed on the acceleration of developed market gross domestic product (GDP) and its impact on emerging market economic growth.
While the narrative on Africa is evolving, more and more Africans are joining the conversation and taking ownership of the issues that impact the continent.
Such can be said of the session Population, Poverty and Prosperity led by Friends Africa's CEO, Dr Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba- which focused on how the small differences in family planning can have a dramatic effect on population numbers over time and drastically improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world; with speakers such as President of Senegal; Macky Sall, Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Executive Chaiperson, Motsepe Foundation South Africa; Global Agenda Council on Population Growth, Karita N. Ramdas, Rep. Ford Foundation India, Global Agenda Council on India, David E. Bloom - Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography in the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Helen D. Gayle - President and CEO, CARE USA; the session highlighted what new approaches can change the course of this trajectory to break the cycle of poverty, poor health and lack of education in Africa.