Africa’s Blue Economy: An Opportunity Not To Be Missed

The world’s oceans, seas, and rivers are a major source of wealth, creating trillions of dollars’ worth in goods and services as well as employing billions of people. Three out of four jobs that make up the entire global workforce are water-dependent. It is forecasted that the annual economic value of maritime-related activities will reach… Continue reading Africa’s Blue Economy: An Opportunity Not To Be Missed

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African Development Report 2014

The Report’s main conclusion is that regional integration is still a relevant pillar for Africa’s development, although the global context has changed greatly since the continental goal was first introduced in the 1960s. The challenge going forward is not so much the formulation of new policies but rather the implementation of those formulated in the… Continue reading African Development Report 2014

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Africa’s Industrialization: Leaving No Woman Behind

Africa must industrialize to fulfill its economic potential. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the 2030 Agenda, we need to support Africa in accelerating its development by promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization. Inclusive industrialization means ensuring that no one is left behind, especially not women. Including women is critical, not only… Continue reading Africa’s Industrialization: Leaving No Woman Behind

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African Economic Outlook 2017

The African Economic Outlook 2017 presents the continent’s current state of affairs and forecasts its situation for the coming two years. This annual report examines Africa’s performance in crucial areas: macroeconomics, external financial flows and tax revenues, trade policies and regional integration, human development, and governance. For its 16th edition, the report takes a hard look at… Continue reading African Economic Outlook 2017

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Africa should embrace new economic giants and boost social inclusion, says African Economic Outlook 2011

African countries should develop closer cross-border ties in dealing with traditional and emerging partners so they can boost sustainable and inclusive growth, according to the African Economic Outlook 2011, launched today. Africa´s economies have weathered the global crisis relatively well and have rebounded in 2010. Recent political events in North Africa and high food and fuel prices… Continue reading Africa should embrace new economic giants and boost social inclusion, says African Economic Outlook 2011

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Jobs for youth key to Africa’s continued economic growth and social cohesion says African Economic Outlook 2012

With the number of youths in Africa set to double by 2045, countries across the continent should boost job creation and help young people acquire new skills, according to the African Economic Outlook 2012. “Creating productive employment for Africa’s rapidly growing young population is an immense challenge but also the key to future prosperity”, say… Continue reading Jobs for youth key to Africa’s continued economic growth and social cohesion says African Economic Outlook 2012

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Electricity for all in Africa: Possible?

For decades, access to electricity has been a serious challenge in Africa. It still is. 600 million Africans are not connected to an electrical network. African businesses cite electricity amongst the two most severe constraints on their operations (Enterprise Surveys, 2016). Twenty-five of the 54 countries in Africa, including Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Senegal,… Continue reading Electricity for all in Africa: Possible?

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China in Africa: Debunking myths and debating truths

In the context of its ongoing work on new trade and development partners in Africa, the Development Centre hosted a  presentation and debate of Asia/Africa expert Deborah Brautigam’s new book The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa. Professor Brautigam began by explaining away the greatest myths surrounding China’s engagement in Africa and ended… Continue reading China in Africa: Debunking myths and debating truths

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