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In this Reason interview, Leon Louw, co-founder of the Free Market Foundation — a South African think tank — speaks on Africa, capitalism, and the elimination of poverty. A former communist, Louw is smart and funny and has been fighting poverty in Africa for decades.
Though Africa has made great strides in reducing poverty and the spread of AIDS, we tend to only hear about lion hunts, wars, and famines on the continent. Most of the improvements have come from allowing free markets to flourish through grassroots efforts and without foreign aid. Africa remains one of the most resource-rich and largest continents on earth, and yet least understood and exploited (in the good sense).
People like Leon Luow are making a difference by speaking out about what works, where, and how.