For the very short term without adequate investment, good governance, and strong leadership, Africa cannot take a leadership role – globally – in leap-frogging from current energy systems to efficient, resilient and low-carbon economies.
"A stable society with better health and better education outcomes is also a better society for businesses to invest in," says APP Executive Director Caroline Kende-Robb in this interview with It's Africa's Time.
The ability to read and write means the ability to buy and sell, to trade and make a living. An additional year of school in a poor country, for instance, has the potential to increase a person’s income by ten percent.
The Africa Progress Report calls for urgent action to tackle the ‘twin crisis’ in access and learning. With 30 million children out of school and many of those in school failing to master basic literacy, Africa is ill-equipped to generate jobs and take its place in a knowledge-based global economy.