African poverty and stagnation is the greatest tragedy of our time. Poverty on such a scale demands a forceful response. And Africa - at country, regional, and continental levels - is creating much stronger foundations for tackling its problems. Recent years have seen improvements in economic growth and in governance. But Africa needs more of both if it is to make serious inroads into poverty. To do that requires a partnership between Africa and the developed world which takes full account of Africa's diversity and particular circumstances.