Central Africa is the region with the highest concentration of authoritarian kleptocratic regimes in the world. These countries have a wealth of resources, the profits from which should have lifted millions out of poverty and improved lives across the region. Instead, the money is pocketed by a small group of powerful elites – leaders, politicians, businesspeople, and their families – who have amassed absurd amounts of wealth at the expense of the citizens they are meant to serve.
To coincide with the EU-AU summit, OCA is releasing short video stories about the effects of kleptocracy in each of these countries in the hopes that they will spark conversations and inspire citizens to act. Kleptocracies will not be dismantled overnight, but action from above and below may convince these governments to finally do their jobs and invest in improving the lives of their citizens 7