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  • I do not see it happening soon but I believe it is inevitable.

    I have no idea about geopolitics but look at South Africa and Kenya. They have become modern nations with thriving economies. Africa is rich with resources, that is the primary reason why the continent was colonized in the first place. Given globalization it is inevitable that Africa will become developed to some extent whether it be by the states that make up the continent or through direct involvement ie Europe, Russia, China, India, Brazil, or the US.

  • Many decades away

    As the world becomes more globalized, it is inevitable that Affrica will become a developed continent. Technology advancements will allow the African population to become more educated over time, A higher educated population, and a transition of power away from the current developed countriees will allow the remaining regions to catch up. Africans will expect the same quality of life as the other continents as wealth continues to grow in Africa In my opinion the only thing that would prevent this from is occurring is if violent turmoil was persistent in the future. If there is relative peace in the future, and global trends continue, I think Africa in time will become a developed continent.

  • Every state becomes more developed

    On average, African countries are on stage 2 of the demographic transition stages, this stage is categorized by high growth due to the decrease in the crude birth rate. This explains why Africa's population is increasing at such a rapid rate. Eventually, Africa must enter an industrial revolution. This will educate the population, resulting in a low birth rate, which will slow the population growth to moderate growth. Africa is on the verge of becoming a stage 3 country, once a widespread industrial revolution occurs in Africa, development will soon follow.

  • It will take a lot of time.

    Kazakhstan - Central Asian country after its independence started developing rapidly. In 24 years of independence GDP increased 20 times. But development speed will decrease. The same thing will happen in Africa. Right now the fastest growing economies in the world are African ones. But after 10 years it will probably slow down. I personally think that in 22nd Century only African countries will be developed. Because Kazakhstan which is much more developed than Africa is planning to become a developed country only in 2050. Korea was once the second poorest state. Now it is on the top of the world. So Africa will become developed. But it takes much time. Maybe South Africa will be developed in 2060 or so.

  • It will vary by country

    The continued economic and social development of the African continent is inevitable, especially as globalization continues to inform development on a larger scale. However, the rate and form of development will vary between countries. Some countries are already nearing (and may soon transition completely to) developed status on a number of indicators (South Africa). Some small countries will also reach a developed phase if they remain stable and on their current trajectory (Gabon, Namibia, Botswana, Ghana and Senegal). Still others may reach developed status as long as they can stave off fundamentalism (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria).

    Large countries with huge economies (Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia) will continue to experience economic growth at accelerated rates, but their massive populations and widespread poverty create challenges for large scale social development. Some countries have many natural resources that could potentially help them to transition to more developed status (DRC, Kenya, Angola) but face administrative and structural problems. Finally some countries will continue to lag behind the rest of the continent, as a result of poor economic performance and competitiveness, unrest and political destabilization and mounting health issues (Sierra Leone, Liberia, Somalia, CAR etc).

  • Africa is on the path to development and will reach the end.

    While Africa is still on the path to development and still stands as a backward continent in many areas, there is no question that they are rapidly moving towards development. Consider Ethiopia, war-torn and famine ridden a mere 20 years ago, it is now rapidly becoming stable and a location for greater prosperity. This path is not inevitable as radical Islam can still derail the process.

  • Yes it will.

    Africa will and can become a very well developed continent. They are on the right path and with the right effort, help, and work they will be as good as any other 'top' country is. Just because they were behind in the game does not mean they are incapable of coming out on top.

  • In Due Time

    I believe in due time Africa will become a developed continent. I find it odd that it has taken this long, but with countries like India making strides forward, I believe it is merely a matter of time before Africa begins to make improvements. As the world becomes more globalized I believe this will happen faster.

  • In the future

    Africa is headed for a great economic time, even with all of the corruption and conflict there today. Technology will help Africa develop in the future in a similar way to how it helped Asia developed recently, its only a matter of time; the real question is whether they'll catch up to other continents.

  • Africa may never be developed

    The real reason is because of the climate they have there. If you look in the past humans hunted for food when food became available to buy in later centuries people worked. In the industrial revolution people in Europe would die of cold or starve. But in Africa they never had an industrial revolution they then got colonised. They were then forced to work on farms and make food. There was plenty of food . Then during the 20th Century many countries demanded independence and these were led by corrupt leaders. The country was forced into extreme poverty and here you are today. Organisations give them food and since it very hard to die of the cold in Africa the people do not need to work and in most cases don't want to. So we problem wont see a developed Africa for about a millennium.

  • It is very unlikely

    The real reason is because of the climate they have there. If you look in the past humans hunted for food when food became available to buy in later centuries people worked. In the industrial revolution people in Europe would die of cold or starve. But in Africa they never had an industrial revolution they then got colonised. They were then forced to work on farms and make food. There was plenty of food . Then during the 20th Century many countries demanded independence and these were led by corrupt leaders. The country was forced into extreme poverty and here you are today. Organisations give them food and since it very hard to die of the cold in Africa the people do not need to work and in most cases don't want to. So we problem wont see a developed Africa for about a millennium.

  • No, or it's going to take a long time.

    The people on the African continent are obviously as smart as any other people. But this particular continent has been exploited so much and suffered such harsh climate conditions, that it would take a huge amount of time before it could get itself industrialized enough to become a developed place.


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