Ahead of the kick-off of the 2010 World Cup on Friday, former UN Secretary-General and Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, Kofi Annan and United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador and football star Didier Drogba will today publish ‘Scoring for Africa – An Alternative Guide to the World Cup’.
Set out in the form of a ‘grudge-match’ report, the publication compares the ‘vital statistics’ of each African country in the games against their competitors in terms of development – examining key indicators such as economic growth, CO2 emissions, access to education and human development.
Billions of people are excited about the World Cup. So are we – and not just because our two countries are fielding such strong sides. The games are a vast tapestry of colour, noise, talent, competitiveness, sporting suspense and human drama, on and off the pitch. Most of all, they are going to be fun – for the teams, spectators and the whole world, watching or listening live, from cafes, bars, living rooms, public screens and radios, downtown and in the most remote corners of the earth.