Africa is in the midst of a great turnaround, with economies growing and democracy and human rights improving, Liberia’s president writes in the Washington Post. But progress is threatened by a global economic crisis it had no hand in creating. Some $50 billion in income could be lost as jobs and businesses disappear. “African economies need a boost to keep their progress on track,” Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says.
Several steps are needed to keep aid and trade alive on the continent, Johnson-Sirleaf writes. International financial resources should quickly be deployed with attention to “growth, jobs and safety-net programs”; partners should increase aid to Africa and minimize unnecessary bureaucracy; and protectionism should be resisted. Outside help has been crucial to Africa’s growth, and “the crisis—which Africa did nothing to cause—demands a strong response.”