Event Recap

New Atlanticist

Dec 8, 2020

Mo Ibrahim: Why Africa must emerge more resilient from the COVID crisis

By David A. Wemer

A well-known Afro-optimist, Ibrahim has invested in the continent’s democratic progress and has focused on tackling practical governance issues. While the pandemic has exposed such problems across the world, he noted, one of its lessons is that Africa must be “more self-sufficient” and “resilient.”

Africa Coronavirus

The Atlantic Council on December 8, 2020, a conversation featuring entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr. Mo Ibrahim. Dr. Ibrahim reflected on the trajectory of African governance and 2020’s mixed record of progress, as outlined in the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) report.

African governance has improved over the past decade, buoyed by gains in economic opportunity and human development. Yet progress has slowed, and measures of participation, inclusion, and security are in fact in decline. The year of 2020 has proven especially dynamic, with over twenty elections held or scheduled amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside the optimism of a civilian transition in Sudan and the unwelcome advent of a military coup in Mali.

The Atlantic Council’s Africa Center was pleased to present this live, online conversation as part of the #ACFrontPage event series, our premier ideas platform spotlighting global leaders who are championing constructive solutions to global challenges.

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Dr. Mo Ibrahim

Founder and Chair
Mo Ibrahim Foundation

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The Africa Center works to promote dynamic geopolitical partnerships with African states and to redirect US and European policy priorities toward strengthening security and bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the continent.