The Changing Circumstances and Opportunities facing Africa: Making Africa Work

Africa’s economies have been impacted by a number of major factors in the global economy. Major African economies such as Nigeria and Angola have had their economies slow down into recessions. However, others have experienced good growth, in spite of these global factors. In spite of this growth, we still see a number of African countries facing severe challenges in the field of economics, urbanisation, crime and corruption, education, political instability, population growth, etc. These are challenges that must be addressed for African countries to achieve their full potential and to entice foreign investors. The question we need is to ask is how do these African countries need to respond?

Well-known author Dr Greg Mills is a co-author of the book, Making Africa Work. His co-authors are Dr Jeffrey Herbst and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. Their book, Making Africa Work, attempts to address these challenges.

 Attendees can expect to learn about the following:

  • Whether Africa’s doubling of its population over the next generation presents a demographic disaster or dividend, depends primarily on the policy response of African states.
  • A range of options exist to diversify African economies away from raw commodities, learning from the experiences of others.
  • Most Africans will, within the next fifteen years, live in cities. Whether this provides fresh economies of scale, depends on how the continent ensures both density and connectivity.  
  • Africa can put in place various measures to attract a greater share of the store of global FDI.
  • Finally, the book looks at how African governments and their external partners can work together to better plan and focus development initiatives.



13 February 2018 (Tuesday)

09.00am - 09.30am

Registration of Participants and networking

09.30am - 09.40am

Welcome Remarks

Mr Johan Burger, Director of the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies

09.40am – 10:40am

Making Africa Work

Dr Greg Mills, Director: The Brenthurst Foundation, and author

Dr Jeffrey Herbst, Former President and CEO of the NEWSEUM, USA and member of the Advisory Board of the Brenthurst Foundation

10.40am - 11.00am

Q&A Session


Coffee/Tea and Networking Opportunities


Administrative Details:

  • Registration is on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Kindly register by noon on 12 February 2018 (Monday).
  • SBF and CAS reserve the right to make amendments and/or changes to the programme, venue, speakers and/or topics if warranted by circumstances beyond control.
  • For further enquiries, please contact Mr Johan Burger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Event Properties

Event Date 13-Feb-2018 8:00 am
Event End Date 13-Feb-2018 10:30 am
Start Date
01-Feb-2018 8:00 am
Cut off date 09-Feb-2018 7:00 pm
Location SBF Seminar Room @ SBF Centre

NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies


50 Nanyang Avenue
Singapore 639798


(65) 6513 8089