Dr. Ibrahim (let's just agree to call him Mo) opened the discussions with a charge: we all have accountability over the agenda of promoting human rights in business practice. Mo urged attendees to use the three days to move the needle.
The success of Africa's integration will be based on the full cooperation between political leaders, citizens and a unified mission for sustainable and inclusive growth for all. The laws and regulations are increasingly in place, now action is left to the people.
We cheerfully allow domineering corporations, which are not in fact living human beings, the kind of bailout that outrages us when we reward flesh-and-blood tyrants with the same privilege -- impunity for the damages they cause to others.
This week, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation selected yet another male African leader for its Ibrahim Prize. I was rooting for them to have some radical imagination and give the prize to the women of Rwanda; and I was disappointed.
Mechanisms to recognize or reward good leadership are few and far between. Yet leaders are human and, unless they are beyond redemption, they are more likely to respond to recognition and rewards than sanctions and reprimands.