Funds are there but they must be freed up

AFRICA can finance its own transformation. Job creation must lead this change, so development funding must support the creation of companies and jobs that focus on natural resources and bring more African workers into the productive economy. We can do this, here and now, by harnessing wealth trapped in banks and by stopping illicit financial flows that take needed capital away from the continent.

Africans are already raising money to tackle continental issues threatening our societies. I led the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which raised money in response to the Ebola pandemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014. Leading African businesses contributed more than $30m.

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