• about Made in Afrika

about Made in Afrika

Africa is a continent rich in resources. Its richest resource, beyond oil, metals and other minerals, are its people

With more than one billion mainly young women and men the continent has abundant talent and economic opportunity. It could become a serious competitor for China and other Asian countries, once ruling elites get their focus right.

The Made in Afrika project looks at social, political and economic developments in a select number of countries on the continent, with a special focus on Ethiopia.

There, an ambitious semi-authoritarian government aims to attract foreign investment to develop export-oriented light manufacturing and agro-industry that should employ millions. Addis Ababa is hoping this will make Ethiopia a lower middle income country by 2025.

The Ethiopians aim to copy China's development approach in the Horn of Africa -a bold ambition. If it works out more or less as planned, it may become a model for economic and social regeneration in sub-Saharan Africa.

Via on-the-ground reporting MiA will take a closer look at the Ethiopian approach, and compare it with developments in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

This will result in the book Made in Afrika, to be published in 2018 by Lias Publishers in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Some of the stories will be available via European, African and Chinese media in advance. 

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.