Vote Here: Where in Africa Would You Invest?

By David Abraham

Two people are sent by their company to a poor and dusty country.  When they return, they report separately to the same supervisor.  “Well, what did you find?” asks the manager of his first employee.  “Sir, the people there don’t even have shoes.  The place is just too poor for us to bother with.”  The second employee is later asked the same question and replies: “Boss, everyone’s walking around barefoot.  How soon can we ship shoes!?”

Don’t be too alarmed at my bad taste, I heard this [bad] joke from a Nigerian venture capitalist as he explained the business growth opportunities that are cropping up in places like Sierra Leone and Liberia.  So, with the first African World Cup upon us, leave your comment below to tell us where on the Continent you would put your money and why.

The posts on this page are contributed by students from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business in conjunction with the newly launched Center for Social Value Creation. The center's mission is to develop leaders with a deep sense of individual responsibility and the knowledge to use business as a vehicle for social change. These posts are a way to continue the dialogue outside of the classroom and share the viewpoints of Smith students on the challenges and opportunities of triple bottom line thinking.