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University of Ottawa Economics Week (March 2013)


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The audience was mostly economics students so it is both dense with graphs but also images in order to keep the presentation from being boring.
Note that there is not much text and the presentation looses much of it's meaning without the it. The script and some video from the event will be uploaded soon.

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University of Ottawa Economics Week (March 2013)

  1. 1. African Economic GrowthWhat is actually happeningand how can businesses be involved? Presented at University of Ottawa by Victoria Schorr on March 4, 2013
  2. 2. What is the average growth rate (GDP)for sub-Saharan Africaa) Between -4 and 0.9%b) Between 1 and 4.9%c) Between 5 and 9.9%d) Over 10%
  3. 3. Elements of Afro-Pessimism• Homogeneity• Colonial mythos• Illness and disease• Starvation• Africa as NationalGeographic• Violent tribal conflict• African Big Man andpolitical instability• Unrelenting poverty
  4. 4. Foreign Policy Magazine
  5. 5. Note: Malawi andMozambique have beenswitched
  6. 6. “… as in previous years, domestic demand supportedgrowth in many countries, and is becoming asimportant as the export market in some countries. …And with rising incomes and urbanization, thedomestic consumer market is growing, becoming animportant source of growth.” - The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, 2012
  7. 7. Flash Mob in Nairobi (Kenya), #SupportTeamKenya (Olympics)
  8. 8. Kumasi Market (Ghana), Urban Africa News
  9. 9. By Anjali Banthia, CGAP
  10. 10. Nakumatt (Kenya), Nakumatt Facebook
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  12. 12. Cameroon’s Reunification Monument, Life In Cameroon Blog
  13. 13. China Daily: Africa, c/o The China in Africa Project
  14. 14. A Traffic Jam in Lagos (Nigeria), Human Wrongs Watch Blog
  15. 15. “Pilot projects can help refine the businesscase and entry strategy while limitingexpenditure and exposure.” - Eliot Pence, Whitaker Group
  16. 16. Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), The Telegraph
  17. 17. “Canadians must get beyond the outdated anddismissive images of Africa, ones that overlyfocus on Africa’s problems that causeopportunities to be missed.” - Chris Roberts, The Rising Africa Magazine“You cannot grow your international positionwithout being present in Africa - that is howthe world today works.” - John Dauth, Australian High Commissioner to the UK
  18. 18. Thank you! Please feel free to contact me at Or follow my blog Maputo (Mozambique), African Digital Art