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Reimagining South Africa

Gloria Serobe - It's time for South African business to step up

It’s time for South African business to step up

June 2015—The country’s companies need to acknowledge their role in apartheid and apply their resources to the challenges of today.more

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Africa: A continent of opportunity for pharma and patients

June 2015—Africa may be the only pharmaceutical market where genuinely high growth is still achievable. Here’s what’s driving that strength and how companies should react.more

commentary | McKinsey Quarterly

How Discovery keeps innovating

May 2015—CEO Adrian Gore describes how the South African company has been shaking up its industry through business-model innovation and explains what helps to catalyze new ideas.more

book excerpt | McKinsey Global Institute

The four global forces breaking all the trends

April 2015—The world economy’s operating system is being rewritten. In this exclusive excerpt from the new book No Ordinary Disruption, its authors explain the trends reshaping the world and why leaders must adjust to a new reality.more

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The opportunity in tackling the affordable housing challenge
interview | McKinsey Global Institute

The opportunity in tackling the affordable housing challenge

March 2015—Experts in housing and urban development weigh in on ways that countries are addressing or plan to take on the $650 billion affordable housing gap.more

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Powering Africa

February 2015—There is a direct correlation between economic growth and electricity supply. If sub-Saharan Africa is to fulfill its promise, it needs power—and lots of it.more

interview | McKinsey Global Institute

The growth opportunity in Africa

February 2015—Nigeria’s finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, explains why addressing the technology, agriculture, and infrastructure needs in parts of Africa, and in other emerging markets, is crucial to sustaining global growth.more

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article | McKinsey Quarterly

Promoting gender diversity in the Gulf

February 2015—Companies in the region increasingly recognize the potential of women leaders to enhance organizational effectiveness.more

commentary | McKinsey Quarterly

Women leaders in the Gulf: The view from Saudi Aramco

February 2015—The oil giant’s most senior female executive recounts her experiences as a young leader at Saudi Aramco and describes its approach to developing talented women.more

article | McKinsey Global Institute

Lions go global: Deepening Africa’s ties to the United States

August 2014—Africa is the world’s second-fastest growing economic region, yet US engagement with the continent is lagging. There’s an opportunity to change that.more

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Nigeria’s renewal: Delivering inclusive growth

July 2014—With the right reforms and investments, Africa’s largest economy can live up to its economic potential and bring more Nigerians out of poverty.more


When gas gets tight: Next steps for the Middle East petrochemical industry

April 2014—The region’s producers are entering a world of limited new gas supply. To continue to grow at home and remain competitive, big changes will be required.more


Making water flow: An interview with Matt Damon and Gary White

April 2014—What does it take to get clean water to those who need it? According to the cofounders of, actor Matt Damon and Gary White, less than you may think—and the payback is tremendous.more

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