The African Race: Is there a bright goal?
家入 将（経済学部3年）、野水 瑛介（経済学部3年）、藤澤 英輝（経済学部3年）（共同研究）
This report will answer if Africa, having abundant natural resources, may be able to become a region full of potential by using data and statistics mainly from the UNDP, NationMaster, USGS, the World Resources Institute, World Bank, and other governmental data. It will also use other resources from governmental and non-governmental sources from books and the internet as well. This topic is very important in the long run?such as 100 years from now?for not just Africa but for the rest of the world. Africa is the hottest continent that is getting all of the world’s attention today. Chapter one discusses why many of the African countries has been poor, although they have abundant natural resources, meaning this curse of natural resources is apparent in many African countries. This chapter will look at the curse from three main perspectives?the colonial roots, the governmental failure due to corruption, and debts?to examine why the curse of the natural curse is so frequently occurring in Africa by taking up three countries?Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Niger. Chapter two will discuss why and how some of the African countries were able to escape the curse. This chapter will examine this by looking at the historical roots, governmental policies, and other policies that many of the African countries do not have. This will be done by also looking at three main countries?Botswana, Kenya, and Gabon. Chapter three discusses about the potential of Africa by picking up three countries?Cameroon, Sudan, and Chad?that are newly coming online, and is a hot topic in the news today. It will examine how these three countries would end up. Either they would become the victims of the curse or they may be successful in escaping the curse. The US, China, Russia, and other big countries are racing each other to get a hand on Africa’s natural resources. Africa is in a new race to gain relationship with the advanced country that will actually help them grow as a developed country. With new African countries coming online and with the abundance of natural resources in the continent, Africa’s future may be determined by what countries Africa form a relationship with.