"An African Adventure, and a Revelation"
He concludes that, "Africa appears to be turning around," and this trip has left him hopeful that the continent will be a "more important part of the global economy in the 21st century — a place to admire, not to pity."
Much of the "effervescent" progress Kristof chose to single out is areas in which HKI is actively involved:
"There has been a backlash in recent years against exaggerated claims about the impact of humanitarian aid. It’s true that aid groups sometimes make the conquest of poverty seem a simpler and more certain endeavor than it is. It’s also true that because of initiatives like food fortification — and vaccinations and vitamin A supplementation and many others — child mortality is tumbling in the developing world."
He also discuss the elimination of Onchocerciasis as a threat, the reduction in mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission, the need for more family planning, and how stifling bureaucracies are thwarting growth.