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Told from first-hand experience and being the first of its kind, Africa Risk Dashboard by Issa Baluch and Jon Vandenheuvel will prove critical in understanding business the African way for potential investors, especially in the Agribusiness sector. Investing in African countries presents numerous unique challenges to which investors are not privy. This book presents an in-depth look into financial, operational, legal, social, environmental and security risks that direct investors could face. Once a congressional staffer and now the co-founder of Africa Atlantic Franchise Farms based in Ghana, Jon Vandenheuvel and Issa Baluch, the founder of Swift Freight who at one time was a refugee, share first-hand accounts of their experiences establishing businesses in Africa. Ultimately, Africa Risk Dashboard seeks to equip investors interested in the African market through information to help them mitigate risks and identify opportunities.
Realism and the need to empower are partnered in Africa Risk Dashboard to present a thought-provoking treatise. The arguments in the book are in many ways distinctive. Their perspective is unique. Possibly some of the most uncommon examples include their take on the donor culture in Africa perpetuated by the US and many European countries, as well as their opinion of focusing on particular issues instead of dealing with the problems as a whole while keeping in mind their interconnectedness. The writing style is powerful which makes the messages contained sink in. At one point, the authors pose the questions: "But have we become satisfied with merely tinkering around the edges of these situations? Have Africans themselves given up on their own countries?” As demonstrated in Africa Risk Dashboard, there is no simple answer. Strategic and dedicated efforts along with goodwill by African governments are required to turn around Africa’s future.