• Financing Africa’s infrastructure and agricultural development: Inclusive growth for economic transformation

    New York, 17 October 2017 –  The case for financing infrastructure and agricultural development was made at the United Nations headquarters during Africa Week. Chair of the  Africa Group, Mr Mohamed Siad Doualeh, Permanent Representative of Djibouti to the United Nations, made the call to look at ways to mobilse resources, investment, capacities, skills and […]

  • Building public health delivery systems that support Africa’s industrialization

    New York, 17 October 2017 – “It is a fact that Africa is the second most populous continent in the world, with the population projected to grow by 25% by 2050 and 40% by end of the century. Yet the continent has health challenges that need to be addressed in order to support the growing […]

  • Africa Week: Integrated, prosperous, people-centred and peaceful Africa

    New York, 16 October 2017 – “The international world must change the way it looks at Africa. Africa is a place of opportunity,” said Mr António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations during the opening session of Africa Week in New York. Africa Week commenced with a high level event on Supporting an Integrated, Prosperous, […]

  • Growth Without Industrialization?

    I share with you a very good article by Dani Rodrik, an economist whom I appreciate very much. This paper also illustrates how reality sometimes goes faster than economists can predict. We must therefore be agile and flexible in our approach to industrialization policies. Low-income African countries can sustain moderate rates of productivity growth into […]

  • South Africa, Nigeria: turning growth into wealth for all

    For the past few days, economists and analysts have been cautiously pleased that two economic locomotives in Africa are returning to positive growth rates. Nigeria and South Africa, which have competed for years as the continent’s leading economies, are experiencing a growth rate of 0.55% and 2.5% respectively. These numbers are positive, but is that […]

  • Birth control or better development policies?

    It seems that time has come to debate the demography of Africa. Reports, experts and politicians have been concerned for some time on the subject, which is sensitive in most developing countries, of the rapidly growing population and sometimes even dealing with the idea of birth control. Some are referring to some ancient theories, like […]

  • The combination of private and public strengths will allow Africa to reach true rural growth

    Africa recently experienced an unusually long spell of steady growth. Sadly, it is a well-known fact that our economies failed to ensure the equitable sharing of the benefits of one of the highest growth rate in the world. So we are today in a specific context of a general decline in commodity prices and a […]

  • Leapfrogging Progress

    I am sharing an excellent article from my friend Calestous Juma on leapfrogging progress via The Breakthrough website: ithin two years of its launch in 2007, money transfers through M-Pesa, a cell-phone-based mobile banking application, already equaled the equivalent of 10 percent of Kenya’s GDP. What started as a local system to serve populations too […]

  • Why the solutions to global challenges are found at the pan-African level

    At a time when more and more voices are being heard to challenge the European Union (EU), the idea of ​​unity of the Old Continent and especially the functioning of its institutions, the African Union (AU) has just accepted a new member: Morocco. This demonstrates the attractiveness of the continental organization, which, although not perfect, […]

  • Africa: an emerging destination for investments

    One of the major audit firms recently published its index on the attractiveness of Africa for 2017[1]. The report puts into perspective the economic trend of the continent in a rigorous and detailed way, enabling us to avoid the two pitfalls of Afro-optimism or Afro-pessimism. It should first be noted that 2016 has been the […]