Generations of development economists, non-profit leaders, and charitable organizations have struggled to understand why Africa lags so stubbornly behind the Western world in terms of living standards. Explanations have focused on the continent’s geography, its history, and its people, but Magatte Wade, author of “The Heart of a Cheetah,” has a different tale. She tells Matt Kibbe that the solution to African poverty lies not in combatting poverty, but in promoting prosperity through stronger, more liberal institutions, better protection of property rights, and more freedom.
The Heart of a Cheetah will be released in November. Get more information and updates on Magatte’s website: magattewade.com.