Sport is a great equalizer that can build bridges, transcend borders and cultures, and render even the fiercest conflicts temporarily irrelevant.
When kids are young, before the age of ten, there is a critical window of opportunity when their habits and motivations can be influenced.
Sport is one of the few spaces where people can learn about different cultures in a spirit of trust and friendship.
Africa's informal economy is one of the most innovative and inventive environments in the world. Yet it is an environment with little regulation in which workers are often exposed to hard conditions and live without a safety net.
If women are the key to Africa's future - and I believe they are - we must figure out how to take away the barriers to their participation.
For African societies, no issue looms larger than employment. Only vibrant entrepreneurship and thriving small businesses can hope to provide the millions of jobs that are needed.
As African economies boom and businesses are created, one of the big questions this growth raises is that of third-level education: how can Africa develop a knowledge infrastructure to rival that of the west, a sort of Harvard University in Africa?
Sport is and should remain a great school of life that supports young people in their personal development. It teaches respect for others and also for oneself.
Culturally, it is commonplace for African women to work.
Improving Africa's farming sector would have multiple positive outcomes for African people.
Inspiration, in its rich variety, must be present in any discussion about Africa. We need role models - they are essential to the advancement of our society.
It is my firm belief that action on the issues that matter for Africa must emerge from within Africa itself.
The factors that have been holding farmers back are similar to those that threaten other types of growth in Africa. Infrastructure and transport are in many cases quite poor, resulting in the losses of huge amounts of produce.
Global sports tournaments have a range of benefits that go far beyond the games themselves. They can transform the image of a country or a region. They bring people together and reveal new possibilities to a nation's youth.
Sport allows us to engage in dialogue and to build bridges, and it may even have the capacity to reshape international relations. The Olympic Games embody perfectly this universal mission.
Female success stories from sporting events like the Olympic Games have played a role in shifting the Indian perception to see the female athlete as a hero and a role model for young Indian girls.
Africa's agricultural sector has enormous scope for development, which would benefit both the continent's economy and its people.
Bringing more large sporting events to Africa would help the continent develop sports policies and at the same time optimize its peoples' chances of achieving competitive success.
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