Has Africa Improved in the last 100 years?

“Factfulness” by Hans Rosling highlights several positive developments in Africa, despite common misconceptions about the continent.

Some of the improvements mentioned in the book include:

  1. Economic Growth: Many African countries have experienced significant economic growth, with several of them becoming emerging markets.
  2. Health Progress: There have been notable improvements in healthcare and reductions in child mortality rates in many African nations.
  3. Education: Access to education has increased, and literacy rates are on the rise in various African countries.
  4. Reduction in Extreme Poverty: While challenges remain, there has been progress in reducing extreme poverty in Africa.
  5. Technological Advancements: The spread of mobile technology has improved communication and access to information across the continent.
  6. Democratic Governance: Some African nations have made strides in improving governance and democratic processes.

It’s important to note that Africa is a diverse continent with different countries facing varying levels of progress and challenges. “Factfulness” emphasizes the importance of recognizing these nuances and avoiding generalizations about Africa’s development.

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