Empowering, Sustainable and Decentralized: A New Vision for the Future of Africa’s Development, The Solutions Journal, Volume 9, Issue 1, January 2018, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/empowering-sustainable-decentralized-new-vision-future-africas-development/) Abstract: On the occasion of the Wellbeing Economy Festival, which took place in Pretoria on 27-30 November 2017, we spoke to the former deputy regional director for Africa of the United Nations Environment Programme, Prof. Desta Mebratu, who has just launched a revolutionary programme at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) with the aim of transforming Africa’s economies through technological leapfrogging, decentralisation and empowerment. [caption id="attachment_8281" align="alignleft" width="211" credit="Credit: DM"] Desta Mebratu at Decoupling Launch, April 2013[/caption] 1) What are the key development challenges facing Africa? A brief review of key regional reports provide endless list of development challenges faced by African countries. However, focusing on the fundamentals, the following could be cited as the key factors that are at the centre of our development challenges in Africa. Access to productive energy has been at the centre of every development process … Topics: Economy; Quality of Life; Sustainability