"Africa does not need our pity"

- We must stop harboring sympathy for Africa. We must face the Africans as equal human beings, says Iina Soiri who has worked with development cooperation in Africa for over two decades. 1st of March she starts her new job as Director of the Nordic Africa institute.

According to IMF forecasts, seven of the ten fastest growing economies in the years 2011-2015 will be in Africa. The African countries' trade with the rest of the world has grown by 200 percent since 2000.

Read the full interview with Iina Soiri on Global Finland. 

The interview is also available in Finnish (both links open in new window).  

However, the positive image of Africa is questioned as well. On 10th of April there is a seminar at NAI with the title 'Our current afro optimism – a true image of Africa?' (click the link to read more on our event page),

NAI library staff has compiled a web dossier on Agricultural challenges in view of the lecture series The Current Afro-Optimism — a True Image? held in the spring of 2013. The web dossier consists of web resources, NAI publications and other useful reading.

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