Dear Sudharshan,very interesting and thought provoking article. Indeed the problem is a gap in knowledge. The gap is in the middle level management of these economies. Why I say middle level is, most countries already have long term development goals, poverty reduction strategy plans, medium term goals etc. They have identified where they want to get to and when they want to get there. But this is on a high level. The 'how', which is the next most important question seems to be the problem. And this is where there is a glaring gap in knowledge. Every African country is unique with unique endowments, and indeed the choice of projects that could utilise these endowments and resources to help african countries get out of poverty is the problem. But as most have mentioned in their comments above, it is not that there is a complete lack of knowledge, corruption and politics play a major role. This, in my opinion, is the main problem.