For the past two decades, mainstream economists who study African economic growth have been trying to explain something that never happened. Economists have focused almost exclusively on one question: why has economic growth failed in Africa?
I am surprised that they did not happen in 2008 at the height of the financial collapse. We've known the root of this discontent for years, if not decades. It has to do with America's growing poverty and income inequality rates.
Sub-Saharan Africa faces a constellation of special challenges, with greater or lesser impact in different parts of the region. These challenges should be addressed forthrightly and in an integrated manner.