As African leaders meet in Addis Ababa to chart Vision 2063, a blueprint for the next 50 years, optimism about the possibilities seems limitless. After an unprecedented decade of booming growth rates, improving infrastructure, and some strides in social indicators, Africa seems poised to finally take off.
- Helen Clark
As the African Union celebrates its 50th anniversary, UNDP's administrator and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark argues that tackling inequalities on the continent is central to lifting human development.
- Nicholas Norbrook and Patrick Smith in Paris
Wearing twin hats as AU Assembly chair and Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam expounds his views on resolution of the conflict in Mali as well as his country's economic plans.
- Patrick Smith
Reformists took two years to persuade governments to give up some sovereignty and join a union that would promote accountability and economic development.
- Samia Nkrumah (Interviewed by Billie Adjoa McTernan)
By rejecting continental unity Africa is depriving itself of wealth and autonomy, says Nkrumah's daughter.
- Ban Ki-moon and Jim Yong Kim
Africa's Great Lakes region today has the chance to achieve something that has eluded its war-weary people for several decades.