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Economic Report on Africa

Africa’s growth plummeted during its ‘lost decades’ of the 1980s and 1990s while unemployment soared, and production and export bases became more concentrated. Africa boasts significant human and natural resources that can be used to promote industrialization and structural economic transformation through value-addition strategies in all sectors. This publication examines key constraints and opportunities for African countries to make the most of their commodities by adding value through linkage development. It also addresses how African countries can design and implement policies to promote value addition and economic transformation, and reduce their dependence on producing and exporting unprocessed commodities.

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Economic Report on Africa 2019

Fiscal Policy for Financing Sustainable Development in Africa

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Economic Report on Africa
10 May 2019
The 2019 edition of the Economic Report on Africa explores the intricate terrain of revenue collection on the continent and makes salient recommendations to help African countries attain the SDGs and the aspirations of Agenda 2063 by expanding their fiscal space and how. It identifies several qui...
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Economic Report on Africa 2017

Urbanization and Industrialization for Africa’s Transformation

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Economic Report on Africa
28 Apr 2017
The 2017 Economic Report on Africa focuses on the linkages between industrialization and urbanization. Urbanization is one of Africa mega trends with profound implications for the social, economic, environmental dimensions of growth and transformation. Theory and experience demonstrate that indus...
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Economic Report on Africa 2000

Transforming Africa's Economies

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Economic Report on Africa
31 Dec 2000
Many African economies are still characterized by a heavy reliance on the primary sector, high vulnerability to external shocks, jobless growth and slow progress towards social development. It is essential for African countries to promote economic diversification and structural transformation as ...
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Economic Report on Africa 2016

Greening Africa's Industrialization

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Economic Report on Africa
9 May 2016
The 2016 edition of the Economic Report on Africa (ERA 2016) focuses on greening industrialization and highlights sustainable and people-centred industrialization. Given the impacts of climate change, resource scarcities and environmental degradation, measures for de-risking Africa’s development ...
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Economic Report on Africa 2015 - Industrializing Through Trade

Industrializing Through Trade

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Economic Report on Africa
29 Jul 2015
This Report examines and provides analysis on the critical elements of effectively fostering industrialisation and hence structural transformation based on extensive review of experience with industrialised countries and Africa’s post-independence attempt at industrialisation. Ten country case st...
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Economic Report on Africa 2014

Dynamic Industrial Policy in Africa: Innovative Institutions, Effective Processes and Flexible Mechanisms

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Economic Report on Africa
3 Jul 2014
For millions of Africans, growth is yet to translate into jobs and better living conditions. Africa’s largely commodity- driven growth has not been matched by the much needed structural change that can lead to economic transformation, employment, and reduced poverty. Market failures necessitate i...
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Economic Report on Africa 2013

Making the Most of Africa's Commodities: Industrializing for Growth, Jobs and Economic Transformation

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Economic Report on Africa
23 Apr 2013
Africa’s growth plummeted during its ‘lost decades’ of the 1980s and 1990s while unemployment soared, and production and export bases became more concentrated. Africa boasts significant human and natural resources that can be used to promote industrialization and structural economic transformatio...
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Economic Report on Africa 2012

Unleashing Africa’s Potential as a Pole of Global Growth

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Economic Report on Africa
5 Sep 2012
This publication assesses long-term trends in Africa’s growth, analyses the factors behind the recent growth momentum, and provides global perspectives on the key challenges to be addressed, which are critical to unleashing the role of Africa as a global growth pole. The main aim of this publicat...
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Economic Report on Africa 2011

Governing Development in Africa - The Role of the State in Economic Transformation

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Economic Report on Africa
31 Oct 2011
Many African economies are still characterized by a heavy reliance on the primary sector, high vulnerability to external shocks, jobless growth and slow progress towards social development. It is essential for African countries to promote economic diversification and structural transformation as ...
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Economic Report on Africa 2010

Promoting High-level Sustainable Growth to Reduce Unemployment in Africa

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Economic Report on Africa
3 Jun 2010
The report focuses on how the recent global economic downfalls have compounded the unemployment rates in most African countries, thus also hindering real economic growth. Organized into two sections, ERA 2010 dissects the current unemployment trajectory citing both macro and microeconomic contrib...
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Economic Report on Africa 2009

Developing African Agriculture Through Regional Value Chains

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Economic Report on Africa
27 Jun 2009
The Economic Report on Africa 2009 (ERA 2009) is organized into two parts. Part I examines global economic developments and their implication for Africa, analyses recent economic and social trends, and highlights emerging development challenges to the continent in 2008. Part II is devoted to the...
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Economic Report on Africa 2008

Africa and the Monterrey Consensus - Tracking Performance and Progress

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Economic Report on Africa
26 Aug 2009
Economic Report on Africa (ERA) is the key instrument through which African economic performance is tracked and assessed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC). One of the main goals of the ERA is to identify policy challenges that countr...
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Economic Report on Africa 2007

Accelerating Africa's Development through Diversification

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Economic Report on Africa
24 Aug 2007
Profound changes are increasingly occurring in all areas of the world economy. While the industrialized and emerging economies are able to contain the multiple external and internal shocks generated by these changes, Africa on its part is still struggling to cope with them. The analyses reported ...
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Economic Report on Africa 2006

Capital Flows and Development Financing in Africa

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Economic Report on Africa
9 Feb 2007
Capital flows to Africa in the form of aid, remittances and foreign direct investment have increased considerably over the past four years. However, they are unevenly distributed among countries. In addition, capital flows to Africa are highly volatile and unpredictable, increasing macroeconomic ...
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Economic Report on Africa 2005

Meeting the Challenges of Unemployment and Poverty in Africa

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Economic Report on Africa
23 Feb 2007
With the highest incidence of poverty in the world, Africa urgently needs to create more employment and thus tackle the scourge of hunger, malnutrition and the overall low living standards the continent continues to witness. In addition to its traditional role of reviewing Africa’s economic perfo...
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Economic Report on Africa 2004

Unlocking Africa's Trade Potential

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Economic Report on Africa
14 Jan 2005
The Economic Report on Africa is an annual series that reviews the continent’s economic performance and near-term prospects. This year’s report’s main conclusion is that trade liberalization alone will not boost growth and poverty reduction in Africa. In 2003, Africa was the second fastest growin...
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Economic Report on Africa 2003

Accelerating the Pace of Development

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Economic Report on Africa
29 Aug 2003
The Economic Report on Africa 2003 is the fourth in an annual series that reviews the continent’s economic performance and near-term prospects. This year’s report builds on the work of the three previous reports by laying out an agenda for Africa based on systematic benchmarking of economic perfo...
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Economic Report on Africa 2002

Tracking Performance and Progress

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Economic Report on Africa
27 Sep 2002
Africa was the only developing region to accelerate its growth in a turbulent year that saw the synchronized slowdown of all major economies and heightened uncertainty about prospects for the world’s largest economy. Yet Africa’s average annual GDP growth of 4.3% masks sharp disparities. This ye...
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Economic Report on Africa 1999

The Challenge of Poverty Reduction and Sustainability

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Economic Report on Africa
25 Feb 2000