Based on the bubble chart above, the AEF team has identified four potential trajectories which Ethiopia, Ghana, and Zimbabwe can take. These will be further elaborated during our campaign. But, here’s a first look:
Case 1: Champion
This is our best-case scenario. Champions showcase both high growth in GDP as well as improvements in their GGGR Ranking. To become a champion, a country needs to find innovative ways to improve their nationwide literacy and school enrollment rates as well as access to work for females.
Case 2: College Dropout
This is our worst-case scenario. College Dropouts show a decrease in GDP as well as deteriorating GGGR ranking. A Dropout enforces poor economic and social policies, and does not make any use of their female talent pool. Simultaneously the slow GDP growth and uneven distribution of wealth widens the gender gap and pauses progress.
Case 3: Graduate
Countries that are Graduates have fast growth in GDP, but a deteriorating GGGR rank. Despite the economic growth, wealth is mainly concentrated, and the social infrastructure is fragile and male-dominated.
Case 4: Late Registration
Countries that are Late Registrations have a decrease in GDP but show significant improvements in GGGR ranking. Such countries may lack resources and must therefore learn to utilize the full potential of their women to navigate through modern, international markets.
Indeed, women are Africa’s biggest opportunity. With our campaign #ourwomen, we hope to see every country in Africa move towards becoming a Champion. A champion in economic growth and gender equality.
We look forward to launching this campaign with you!
Note: The World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report index ranks countries on their gender gaps not on their development level
Sources for Chart: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Forum, United Nations population division, African-European-Fellowship