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The Africa Progress Group (APG) consists of six distinguished individuals from the private and public sector who advocate for equitable and sustainable development for Africa. General Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, chairs the APG and is closely involved in its day-to-day work.
The life experiences of Group members give them a formidable capability to access the worlds of politics, business, diplomacy and civil society at the highest levels in Africa and across the globe. As a result, the Panel functions in a unique policy space with the ability to influence diverse decision-makers.
The Panel builds coalitions to leverage and broker knowledge and to convene decision-makers to create change in Africa. The Group has extensive networks of policy analysts and think tanks across Africa and the world. By bringing together the latest thinking from these knowledge and political networks, the APG contributes to generating evidence-based policies that can drive the transformation of the continent.
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The frightening picture of being a potential burden can be seen from recent and projected data. Population estimates predict that by 2050, of about 2.2 billion that will be added to the global population, more than half of will be in Africa, mostly contributed by the large populations of Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Egypt, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The political landscape in Africa was quite active between October and December 2018. There were preparations for elections and conduct of elections in all the sub-regions. Credibility, transparency and free-and-fairness continued to be weaknesses of many of these election processes and products. Happily, lessons are being learned from each concluding political episode and there is a glimmer of hope of steady improvement as the years roll by.