Most reports on Africa concentrate on war, famine, death and disease, and while that reflects reality to a certain extent, perhaps the West should trust the ability of the continent's regions to solve its own problems. Somalia had become a by-word for failed government and lawlessness, and while still recovering, an African Union force led by Kenya has defeated Islamic militias and gradually restoring centralised government. Similarly, with rebels in the Central African Republic on the brink of capturing the capital, Bangui, a multinational force from bordering countries mobilised and peace talks are under discussion. Economically, the continent now has a middle-class numbering similar to India's at 300m, and while the monetary level is low, as with South America, it is through taking responsibility for their own economies then overall prosperity will increase. As a BBC4 documentary on poverty highlighted, the emerging generation of African entrepreneurs and NGO chairpeople wish to self-manage their response, rather than what they regard as the neo-colonialism of dead aid, so perhaps the continent is better off left alone?