Jak využít africkou rozmanitost?

Co se nám vybaví, když se řekne "Afrika"? Hodně lidí si představí kontinent sužovaný chudobou, válkami, zoufalstvím, korupcí a neúspěchy. Ale Afrika - to je také Maroko, Sierra Leone a Jižní Afrika; Mozambik a Mali; Nelson Mandela a Charles Taylor. Afrika - to jsou rozdíly na první pohled větší než jakákoli podobnost.

Uvažovat o Africe jako o jednom celku - ekonomickém, politickém či kulturním - je nesmysl, i když je to možná jednodušší a pohodlnější. Rozdíly mezi africkými zeměmi jsou totiž propastné. Dokonce i uvnitř jednotlivých zemí, například v Tanzanii, kde jsou střety mezi vnitrozemím a ostrovem Zanzibar téměř na denním pořádku, najdeme často radikální názorové rozdíly a přístupy.

V případě Afriky spíš mluvme o rozmanitosti, různorodosti, neboť při hledání řešení ekonomických výzev, jimž čelí africké země, je mnohem smysluplnější uvažovat o jejích rozdílných regionech. Naštěstí se tak už děje. V tomto smyslu už probíhá celá řada praktických kroků, ačkoli ještě ne všechny se vyvíjejí původním směrem, který měli na mysli jejich iniciátoři.

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