Good post Shanta. Another challenge that really needs to be addressed this decade before it becomes a serious problem is urbanization. The process of urbanization itself is not a problem, a lot of productivity is in the urban areas, however many cities are not gearing up for those flocking to the urban areas. You mention jobs as a challenge for the decade, with fewer jobs and increased migration to urban areas, this is a potential ticking bomb. There are unplanned settlements that will place increased pressure on existing utilities. If those moving the city aren't placed in planned settlements where resources can be managed better, cost of living in cities and service delivery is likely to be severely affected. This has to be addressed this decade, before it becomes a serious impediment to growth and quality of life in urban areas in Africa.