Bill Gates and others warned of 10 million Covid deaths, ailing health systems, mass death. Such images of Covid-19 in Africa were all over our media in January and February. Now in December, in the same media, we wonder why this catastrophe failed to materialise.
Whatever the term used - agile, people-centric, humanistic – Code of Africa's principles point the way to new forms of collaboration for the digital age.
Our struggle is not only about overcoming the pandemic. The overarching theme remains the shaping of the interlinked global digital society.
Lively communities distinguish African from Western societies. They enable people to navigate through a world of uncertainty. In times of COVID, can we in the West learn from this?
African companies will also be hit very hard by the impacts of this pandemic. However, African companies are much more used to a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business environment.
Climate Change - Africa's leapfrogging could provide a model for the transition into the post-fossil age.
In 2019, people in African countries continued to connect digitally. And in 2019 the major geopolitical powers continued to enter Africa to increase their influence.
Development cooperation can only be a functional part of a holistic Africa policy. With one responsible unity which brings together foreign trade policy, innovation promotion, development policy, humanitarian and migration-policy.
Europe has laid the foundations for an interconnected global society. So also for the upswing in Africa. With our false image of Africa we cannot see that at all. The two narratives - hopeless Africa, the break-up of Europe - reinforce each other.
In Africa, the entrepreneurial mindset is the norm, the "default" position of African societies. That makes a big difference for the digital transformation.