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Africa’s Business Revolution

Africa offers exciting opportunities to build large, profitable businesses for those who look beyond its reputation for complexity and conflict.
Book Excerpt - McKinsey Quarterly

Africa’s overlooked business revolution

– Global business leaders who misunderstand Africa run the risk of missing out on one of the 21st century’s great growth opportunities.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Africa

– Gender inequality in Africa remains high, and progress toward gender parity has stagnated. This is a large missed opportunity for African societies and for the continent’s growth prospects.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Leadership lessons from Africa’s trailblazers

– How five leaders are seizing opportunities and overcoming challenges to build successful organizations in—and a brighter future for—the nations of Africa.
Podcast - McKinsey Quarterly

How to win in Africa

– The right strategy can unlock strong, profitable growth, explain the authors of Africa’s Business Revolution.
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Rethinking the African business opportunity

– Hopes are high for Africa’s long-term growth, driven by technology and basic services rather than resources. Survey respondents in Africa report more optimism—and better business practices—than peers elsewhere.

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Sector perspectives

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Winning in Africa’s agricultural market

– Private-sector companies can find practical solutions to enter and grow in Africa’s agricultural market.
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Should sub-Saharan Africa make its own drugs?

– A comprehensive analysis of the business, economic, and public-health impact finds the potential for local production of pharmaceuticals to be a mixed bag.
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African retail banking’s next growth frontier

– Revenue could pick up significantly in the next five years. The region’s winners are likely to emphasize a few key themes—such as going digital first or making banking leaner and simpler.
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Lions (still) on the move: Growth in Africa’s consumer sector

– Africa remains a high-potential region, but growth is concentrated in a few markets and income segments. To win, companies need a tailored, data-driven approach.

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Developing Africa for the next horizon of growth

– Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, discusses the potential for agricultural industrialization, energy inclusion, and infrastructure upgrade to drive prosperity growth.

Three imperatives for winning in Africa: An interview with Coca-Cola’s former president of Africa

– Alexander Cummings discusses the continent’s potential and ways companies can establish a presence there by partnering for development and building local relevance.

Seeing Africa’s potential in tech, talent, and education

– People in Africa are interested in the same technological and educational opportunities as elsewhere in the world, and the opportunities are extraordinary.
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A conversation with Jay Ireland, former president and CEO, GE Africa

– In this video, the seasoned executive speaks to what he learned about doing business in Africa and how to unleash the talent there.
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How e-commerce supports African business growth

– Africa’s booming e-commerce sector can not only jump-start small businesses but also help large companies enter a market... full of energized consumers.
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Talent and technology in Africa today

– African Leadership Academy cofounder Fred Swaniker explains why companies should invest in people and harness technology to take... on the continent’s big challenges.