Over the past two decades, discussions surrounding Africa have mainly focused on the challenges facing the continent, the doubts regarding its ability to adequately respond, or on its unfulfilled potential. Such narratives have cast a shadow on the myriad of successful strides achieved at the local level, which need to be accentuated further. Current realities in Africa reflect a continent on an upward trajectory, with increasingly fast-growing economies, evolving market structures, reduced armed conflicts and improved governance systems, and a resourceful and vibrant young population (approximately 60% under the age of 25).
Consequently, there is a need for updated scholarship on the African continent, as well as for curating relevant discussions showcasing Africa’s achievements. It is also crucial to launch platforms prioritising the proffering of solutions, crafted with the needs of Africa’s people at the centre. The Geneva Graduate Institute Summit on Africa is therefore a medium for contributing to the aforementioned needs.