Professor Carlos Lopes will be hosting a three-part Masterclass Series titled: What does contemporary Africa look like in the new decade? The series will take place through a Webinar on the Zoom platform.
Before COVID-19, the IMF economic growth forecast for the continent this year was 3.2%, with 16 African countries amongst the 30 best performing in the world, and more than half of the population in the continent living in countries with 5% economic growth or more. We are now in the middle of a discussion on whether the world will face a recession or a depression. The former defined as a slowdown of economic activity whereas the latter is associated with a long-term downturn of the same. We shall know soon. But in the meantime, we can predict that African countries will most likely find themselves in the depression category unless some major effort is made to rescue their precarious economies.
Professor Carlos Lopes is currently Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance and a visiting Professor at Sciences-Po Paris. He has taught at different Universities around the world, published extensively on Africa and development studies and belongs to several Boards, including the Geneva Graduate Institute. Prof Lopes has earned a PhD in History from University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and an MA on Development Studies from the Geneva Graduate Institute.