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Promoting collective good through prayer and action

From the September 2013 issue of The Christian Science Journal

This piece was originally written in French and posted as a Herald of Christian Science Web original in May 2013. It was also reprinted as a Christian Science perspective in The Christian Science Monitor. 

Is it possible for developing nations to obtain peace and prosperity, and to create a solid basis for long-lasting democracy and steady growth? Since the 1990s, efforts to establish democracy in Africa have been characterized by political unrest, but ongoing efforts have brought progress, including increased freedom of expression and better conditions for women. But there is still a long way to go to overcome major challenges resulting from the lack of transparency of some governments in the management of their affairs.