The BMW Foundation Global Table in South Africa deals with the question of how to create equal and fair opportunities for all. A question that has not lost its urgency in the anniversary year of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.
In keeping with the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Africa aspires to fulfill major development objectives in the coming years to reduce poverty, transform its economies, improve governance, and create the conditions for inclusive and sustainable prosperity. Africa has unparalleled growth prospects. It is resource rich, has a young population, and is predicted to outperform all other emerging economies, with its GDP expected to rise by an average of 6 per cent per year.
For any progress towards a more equal growth path, good governance is key. After colonialism, most countries focused on self-determination and indigenous leadership. But far too often, the new generation of leaders has not served the well-being of the majority of citizens. Truly accountable leadership breaking the vicious cycle of nepotism and corruption can positively transform Africa into an economically, politically, and socially competitive region while serving its citizens’ key interests.
In this spirit, the Global Table takes a global perspective to explore opportunities for change in Africa and beyond. It will facilitate an open dialogue to identify new frameworks for collaboration between local, regional, national, and international actors. Our partners for the 11th Global Table are the Nelson Mandela Foundation and LifeCo UnLtd South Africa.