Author: McAfee Sheehan

McAfee writes for The Borgen Project from Newark, NJ. His academic interests include international politics, specifically in the Middle East, and Arabic. He is learning Arabic and hopes to reach proficiency and travel to Jordan or Morocco.

SEATTLE — Located in Central Africa along the Atlantic coast, Gabon is a country known for its lush mangroves and pristine rainforest. Rich in natural resources such as oil and manganese, Gabon has seen impressive economic growth over the past decade. While this might seem like a familiar description of several burgeoning African countries, there is more to Gabon’s story than meets the eye. As oil reserves that have accounted for 80 percent of exports, 45 percent of GDP and 60 percent of budget revenue decline, Gabon has had to pursue alternative means of economic growth. Fortunately, not only has…

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SEATTLE — Infrastructure is the foundation for any country that wishes to generate jobs, improve the quality of life for those living below the poverty line and accelerate economic growth. Infrastructure investment enhances the human, social and financial capital of the poor and thus is a necessary step in alleviating poverty. Put simply, in order for children living in rural areas to safely get to school, they need reliable, developed roads. Hospitals cannot function without a consistent electric grid. Adults cannot get to work without a functioning transportation system. Education, health and a source of income are all key indicators…

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