More than meets the eye – shattering Western misconceptions of Africa
Africa is not one country but a large continent. Bigger than the US, China and all of Europe combined, with 54 very different sovereign states. Some African countries are as stable and transparent than some Western jurisdictions. For example, Mauritius is a full democracy according to a recent Economist Intelligence Unit report. It ranks ahead of France and Italy, which are classified as 'flawed democracies' along with Botswana, Namibia, Cape Verde, Mali, Ghana, Lesotho and Benin. It is true that some countries in Africa suffer from riots, coups and contested elections. The Arab Spring and the recent instability in Mali, the Central African Republic and Sudan all confirm that.
Africa is changing for the better, and Western perceptions of it as an unstable continent must change with it, write Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa and Camille Astier
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