Africa is a continent rich in resources -and its richest resource, beyond oil, metals and other minerals, are its people. With more than one billion mainly young women and men the continent could become a serious competitor for China and India when it comes to economic opportunities -if only African elites can get their act together.
The Made in Africa project looks at social and economic developments in different countries on the continent, with its main focus on Ethiopia. There an ambitious semi-authoritarian government aims to attract foreign investment to develop an export-oriented light manufacturing sector and agro-industry that should employ millions by 2025.
Ethiopia wants to do a little China in the Horn of Africa -a bold ambition indeed. If it works out as planned, it may become a model for economic and social regeneration in sub-Saharan Africa.
By on-the-ground reporting MiA investigates the Ethiopian approach, and compares it with developments in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The stories from the different countries will be published in a number of European and African media in the second half of 2016. From August 2016 content of the project can also be found on this dedicated website.
Finally, Made in Afrika will result in a book that will be published by Uitgeverij Lias in Hilversum, The Netherlands.
The MiA project is supported by a grant from the Innovation in Development Reporting Programme of the European Journalism Centre and the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation. These institutions have no say whatsoever in the content of the stories.