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Will Africa ever benefit from its natural riches?

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 26 October 2012

Africa is endowed with abundant natural wealth. The last few months have seen major new discoveries of natural resources in several African countries. Coal, oil and gas in amongst others Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Mozambique and Uganda.

Over the next decade, billions of dollars are expected to flow into countries previously starved of financial capital. The question many are asking is, will these windfalls be a blessing that brings - prosperity, sustainable economic growth, new jobs and investments in health, education and infrastructure? Or a political and economic curse that brings conflict, spiraling inequality, corruption and environmental disasters, as has been the case in several countries on the continent?

Presented by Audrey Brown and Justin Rowlatt, from Addis Ababa.


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