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Mo Ibrahim, founder of Celtel, one of Africa's most successful businesses, gave the Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels 2009 World Affairs Fellowship Lecture, April 27, 2009.
Africa has its problems, but there's a huge gap between perceptions and reality," said Ibrahim. Contrary to popular belief, he argued, it is possible -- and profitable -- to run a business in Africa without succumbing to corruption. And while people around the world hear about human rights abuses and autocratic leaders, he said, responsible, honest governance exists as well.
The lecture was sponsored by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.