Countering Coups: In Africa, Use Investment to Build Rule of Law

Reducing poverty and improving equity
Posted May 17, 2022 | U.S. Institute for Peace

Africa has only some three percent of the world’s foreign direct investment, despite having some 16 percent of the world’s population. Africa’s economic marginalization is not because of the lack of good investment opportunities, but because of poor enabling climates, suggest Joseph Sany and Thomas  Sheehy in this report for the U.S. Institute for Peace. The current democratic erosions in Africa are fueled largely by fragile states’ deep inabilities to provide their increasingly young populations with education and employment pathways on which to build livelihoods. For transitions to truly durable, civilian rule private investment would be a key element. Without foreign investment and the rule of law, the trending scourge of military rule may be difficult to counter.


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