Image credit: Pathways for Prosperity Co-Chairs - Strive Masiyiwa, Melinda Gates and Hon. Minister Sri Malyani Indrawati of Indonesia, last week in New York.

Imagining new pathways for new prosperity!

__Asking new questions and listening to voices yet unheard…

What is the biggest development challenge your own nation will face in the next 20 years, and what are you doing about it NOW? Let’s talk! As I mentioned in my last post, I was recently invited by Melinda Gates (co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) to serve as a co-chair of her new Pathways for Prosperity initiative, along with Indonesia’s dynamic Minister of Finance, Hon. Sri Mulyani Indrawati.

Last week’s Goalkeepers Conference in New York, organized by the Gates Foundation, shows how this new Initiative can bring new energy, voices and approaches to development. At the conference, Trevor Noah (the famous South African comedian), Stephen Fry (another famous British comedian) and Malala Yousafzai (a Nobel Peace Prize laureate) all gave their unique perspectives.

At the same event, Canada’s President Justin Trudeau and President Obama shared thoughts about some of the progress being made in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and especially what more we can and must do…

Now most of you know that I sit on several boards and have been thinking about key development questions for a long time:

# If economic growth in many nations isn’t creating opportunity for everyone, especially the poorest of the poor, what exactly can and must be done better? What role can business play?

# What and where are the best practices in the world?

# How will new technologies impact the framing of the above questions, and many more?

# Who are the world’s top development experts who really focus on such matters today?

Now it was this last question that inspired Melinda to initiate “Pathways for Prosperity,” with which I’m really honored to take part.

__First announced last week and still in its formative stages, we see this as becoming a thinking, innovating, inclusive space where new ideas and policy options are not just imagined, researched, and debated by a few top international experts in various traditional fields, but by many new voices, too.

As most of you know, I’m particularly interested in the impact of technology on the future of jobs in all sectors, from agriculture to manufacturing, especially on the African continent. Technology like artificial intelligence is already changing the workplace everywhere in the world. By this I mean, how we do our work, with what skills, and with which tools…

Young courageous women like Malala, comedians like Trevor Noah, global luminaries like Obama, and just as important, YOU, all have valuable contributions to make, going forward. Don’t be shy because you think you’re not a development expert. New voices from new places may be the exact ones we can learn from most.

So back to my earlier question: What is the biggest development challenge your country will face in the next 20 years? Think…

# Smart (technologies)
# Job and skills transformations (in agriculture, education, health, manufacturing, the list goes on).
# Best practices.
# Innovation, and more innovation.
# Inclusion.
# Entrepreneurship!
## New pathways for new prosperity…

What new questions should we be asking? Please don’t write me long essays. One brief paragraph will be sufficient today. Your new voices are part of the new solutions!



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About Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

20 thoughts on “Imagining new pathways for new prosperity!

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 1.
    The Pathways for Prosperity Initiative is expected to start its work in early 2018. They’re in the process now of identifying a core group of thinkers, practitioners and partners from diverse sectors (business, entrepreneurs, academics, development, policymakers, technologists) from all over the world. Our brave new world requires brave new thinking. You can keep track of progress at

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 2.
    Did you know that my co-chair, Hon. Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, drives the economy of the fourth most populous country in the world? Not only that, she served in a top position at the IMF, and also as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at the World Bank (the most senior role a woman had achieved there at the time). What an honor to join these two incredible women, imagining new (concrete) pathways of possibility and hope for the most vulnerable people in the world, including of course, women and children.

  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 3.
    In 1982, Time Magazine in America made “The Computer” its annual “Man of the Year” (on rare occasions they choose something other than a person). Wow! At the time, the Time editors saw the arrival of the “personal computer” as a revolutionary threat to jobs in America and around the world, but also a great opportunity… “The information revolution that futurists have long predicted has arrived,” Otto Friedrich wrote, “bringing with it the promise of dramatic changes in the way people live and work, and perhaps even the way they think.” Here we are again! You can find his article here:,33009,953632-1,00.html

  4. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 5.
    What do you think makes the difference between a great vision and a real sustainable solution? For the senior class!

  5. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #A moment to lead:
    I once watched a wildlife program about a troublesome lion that had taken to eating cattle in a village near a Park. The villagers demanded the government to shoot and kill the lion.
    As he studied the carcass of a cow it had killed, an astute ranger noticed something in the way it ate its food: he quickly concluded that the lion had a problem in its mouth: a bad tooth!
    Instead of killing it they tranquilized and removed the bad tooth. After that it returned to eating its natural prey, and never ate cattle again!
    #If you are a leader or aspire to lead, tell me what lessons you learn from this little story?
    [dont give me long answers. Just simple one liners. I will “like” the best answers. My type of leader does not need to meander!]

    • Chiborise Tonderai Joseph

      1. A leader will always use his skill and knowledge based on experience ce to amicably solve life challenges. 2. A leader should know that majority doesnt always mean right. 3. Behind the impact of your problem lies the route to your solution. 4. Challenges if not attended they tend to change the natural course if things. 5. Punitive /riot acts are good but might not be the best way of solving societal challenges.

    • Bradley Sauls

      It’s important to get the diagnosis right, if not the cure would be wrong. Former President Thabo Mbeki said something along these lines not too long ago in an interview and I believe it to be on point.

    • Sipho Ncube

      Thank you Dr Masiyiwa.

      The story about the lion with a bad tooth and the astute ranger teaches me one fundamental lesson. Things are not always the way they look ,after allowing yourself some time on a challenge, which most of us don’t, you will always discover that indeed there is a way out , yes even a more sustainable way out.

      Thank you Sir.


      There will always be a creative ( sustainable) way of solving a problem rather than destructive( unsustainable) methods only if we put in enough thought ( diagnosis) in that direction.

    • Funmi Akinremi

      ‘After that it returned to eating its natural prey, and never ate cattle again’
      The lion simply lost his ability,confidence,zeal and taste in eating cattle just because he has a misconception of what the problem was,the problem was in him(his tooth,not the cattle).#Never stay defeated,try one more time.

  6. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Breaking News!
    The High Court in Zimbabwe has JUST ordered that Kwese Tv can resume its operations with immediate effect!
    Thank you all for your prayers and support.
    #Congratulations to Zimbabwe for finally joining the Kwese Family!

    Enjoy and God bless you all!

  7. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    On my way back from New York, I stopped by in Geneva, and participated in the World Trade Organization’s Public Forum for 2017. I was on a panel which discussed the following topic: ‘Trade: Behind the Headlines’, following the theme of the whole Public Forum. This session brought together a range of experts whose goal was to look behind the headlines and assess the reality of trade in today’s fast-moving global economy.

    The other panelists included:

    Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the WTO

    Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

    Susana Malcorra, Minister Advisor, Government of the Argentine Republic

    Paul Krugman, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York Graduate Center and Columnist, The New York Times

    Dr. Naushad Forbes, Co-Chairman Forbes Marshall

    If you want to hear what I said to Christine Legarde (head of the IMF) about funding for entrepreneurs in Africa, to create jobs, go to this link.
    I will not miss any opportunity to be your voice:
    #Entrepreneurs Create Jobs, and wealth for nations. Let’s support Africa’s young entrepreneurs.

  8. Liwena Mukeya

    I registered BTN-TV but began by establishing Mungu Fm which, like its sister media house has all thier programs, project and activities focus on not only Localizing the 17 UN-SDGs from 2016 to 2030 in the Western Province of Zambia.
    We would like to contribute to creating awareness and sensitization on how implementing the SDGs but constrained by intermittent internet access in rural remote areas. I would therefore like BTN-TV to partner with KWESE on the said global goals programing so that we leave no one behind.

  9. Oluseun

    The story of the Lion teaches not to just take things at face value and jump to conclusions. It teaches that only after proper investigation can a sound/informed decision be made.


    Creative( sustainable) rather than destructive ways of solving a problem can always be available if we give it a longer and in dept thought( diagnosis).

  11. Haron

    1. we tend to solve problems fast when we are mounted by intense pressure.
    2. When the systems are faulty then leaders would tend to destroy his/ her followers.
    3. The thing that’s causing problems, havoc mostly are not a bunch or bundles of issues but just a mere things(a tooth)


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