Welcome to the world’s fastest growing continent

More wealth. More democracy. More Peace. Say hello to a new Africa.

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This Special Report for The Economist by Oliver August throws Africa into a whole new light. Prepare to have some of those pre-conceptions you might be holding thoroughly dashed. Optimism is in the ascendant, life expectancy is rising, and freedom is spreading. Up with this kind of thing!

Can we dump the term “developing world” as soon as 2030?

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Hans Rosling is one of the world’s greatest living presenters. Couple that with some jaw-dropping use of technology, and you’ve got the makings of a brilliant video, which is precisely what this is. The fact that it is only 2.51 long AND also busts a few myths you might be holding about Africa in the process makes it my number one must-see video this week.

Question: I like the way he breaks down the stats for Ethiopia. This set me thinking. If you broke down the stats for, say, the USA or UK, would we find some states or counties that were essentially in a “developing” stage? Would be interesting to find out…