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New From CFR: John Campbell on Nigeria and South Africa and Shannon O’Neil on Brazil

by Development Channel Staff
February 8, 2013

A policeman patrols the Rocinha Slum during an operation to find a man who killed a policeman during a shootout at one of the slum's alleys in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 4, 2012 (Ricardo Moraes/Courtesy Reuters). A policeman patrols the Rocinha Slum during an operation to find a man who killed a policeman during a shootout at one of the slum's alleys in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 4, 2012 (Ricardo Moraes/Courtesy Reuters).

This week on their blogs, CFR senior fellows John Campbell and Shannon O’Neil discussed three of the world’s major emerging powers. Campbell reviews an article on whether Nigeria or South Africa is “Africa’s economic powerhouse.” As he writes:

Simukai Tinhu’s comments reflect the importance (I would say primacy) of good governance to sustainable economic growth. Here, South Africa with its functioning democracy, strong government institutions, independent judiciary based on the rule of law, and vibrant civil society clearly has an advantage over Nigeria.

O’Neill recounts her recent visit to a favela in Rio de Janeiro, where she explored an NGO bringing educational and other services to the area. As she concludes:

With persistent high inequality and poverty rates, and over a million living in Rio’s favelas alone, these individual steps may be small. But from my few hours there, the Morro dos Macacos neighborhood at least felt to be moving in the right direction.

You can read Campbell’s post here and O’Neil’s here.

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