The Cheetah and Hippo Generations
The cheetah generation in developing African countries is a young, “emerging class of entrepreneurs and leaders [focused] on transparency, accountability, good governance, respect for basic human rights, and private sector economic opportunities” (Radlet 126-127). These new leaders are focused on building up new governments and institutions that will combat some of these poverty traps left over from the leaders of the hippo generation. The hippo generation is comprised of older leaders of these developing African countries. George Ayittey, an African economist, “sees [the hippo generation] as stuck in the past complaining about colonialism and imperialism” (Radlet 127).
The overall GDP in US dollars has risen to 3.705 billion as of 2013. The percentage of the population living below the poverty line has dropped from 65.3% (1998) to 50.7% (2010).
Physical geography: The
Democratic Republic of Congo
The overall GDP in US dollars has risen to 14.09 billion as of 2013. The percentage of the population living below the poverty line has dropped from 50.7% (2005) to 46.5% (2011).