African Consensus is a fresh economic paradigm for sustainable development built on practical experiences across the African continent together with shared experiences from other regions facing similar challenges such as Asia.
It merges the pioneering efforts of civil society in such areas as renewable energy, community finance and empowerment, organic agriculture and water resource management, environmental and endangered species protection coupled with the pragmatic experiences of business and finance required to scale these efforts into viable economic models. It emphasizes the importance of heritage, cultural and identity protection with the need for economic advancement.
Seeking a pragmatic path for development.
Three Core Principles
African Consensus is a fresh economic paradigm articulating three core principles:
- Protect ethnic diversity, indigenous identity, endangered species and the environment;
- Through community empowerment involving local financing for sustainable and socially-responsible businesses
- Prioritizing environmental protection and community advancement.
Three Core Rights
The African Consensus economic paradigm articulates three core rights
- The right to ethnic diversity.
- The right to culturally sustainable development.
- The right to water, food security, and the protection of our natural environment.
The African Consensus Economic Paradigm can be a framework for preventing violence and terrorism, which are often rooted in both economic and social marginalization of people from different identity groups.
Core Themes and Principles
African Consensus will be built upon the pan-African visions articulated by Mwalimu Julius K Nyerere and Kwame Nkrumah, P.C., carrying them into the current global context and need for a fresh economic paradigm and new financial architecture for the developing word as we face the challenges of climate change and diminishing resources.
It will adopt the multi-stakeholder approach of the Helsinki Process as convened by Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete and Finland’s former President and Nobel Peace Laureate Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari, extending the Helsinki Process from politics and governance into the realms of economics, business and finance.