• Multilateralism: Opportunities and challenges for Africa

    Rome, Italy, February 14, 2018 – Increasing numbers of people around the world are living in contexts, which for different reasons, may be considered to be fragile. Situations associated with relatively low institutional capacities, social and political instability, as well as (in some cases) conflict, are reducing resilience to shocks emanating from climate and weather-related […]

  • “Transitions”: Preface by Carlos Lopes

    Another timely and straightforward article from Carlos Lopes, on Africa’s industrialisation. A great read! Africa’s prospects are again being questioned for many reasons: some quite familiar, like commodity prices, debt or conflict; others less so, such as climate change, technology or migration. To link the fortunes of a continent to its natural resources bounty should […]

  • African States’ Fragility and resilience

    If we want things to move forward and improve, especially for the economic and social development of our people, we sometimes have to recognize our weaknesses. One of the most important today is the weakness of the State in most of our countries. This weakness can quickly turn into fragility, as we have seen with […]

  • Reform of tax systems one of the best ways to finance development

    In early December, the European Union (EU) published  a list of 17 countries now considered tax havens. Among this list, only two African countries were pinned by Brussels: Tunisia and Namibia. Another list, the “gray” one, should be published soon with the countries that have made commitments to be followed, on which, it is said,  […]

  • In memory of Pr. Calestous Juma

    I would like to formally pay my respect one last time to my dear friend Calestous Juma who passed away last week. Of course, my first thoughts go to his family and friends. But I think they won’t be the only ones deeply affected by his passing. For a whole generation, and maybe for future generations […]

  • African countries are building a giant free-trade area

    They have long traded with the world, now they want to trade with each other. “AFRICA must unite,” wrote Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, in 1963, lamenting that African countries sold raw materials to their former colonisers rather than trading among themselves. His pan-African dream never became reality. Even today, African countries still trade twice […]

  • Resetting the Africa-Europe Relationship

    Africa faces a broad range of development challenges, and overcoming them will require huge sums of foreign aid and investment. But as Africa develops, its people will also need partners who recognize that there are mutual benefits to engaging with the continent’s mobile and highly-educated base of human capital. JOHANNESBURG – In October, the European […]

  • Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture for inclusive development

    Johannesburg, November 28, 2017 – Every day that passes, we are learning and getting more convinced on the inevitability of ensuring our agricultural systems are climate smart. Climate-smart agriculture is the reform to ensure the way agriculture is practiced remains compatible with man-made climate changes, securing short-and-long-term resilience in productive capacity of the agricultural systems. […]

  • Women and Youth economic empowerment at core of NEPAD Agency discussions in Abidjan

    Abidjan, November 27, 2017 – The NEPAD Agency in partnership with the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation today hosted a high-level session, on “Technical, Vocational and Education Training (TVET) and Skills for African Youth” session. The event which took place on the margin of the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire brought […]

  • Africa: Rural Employment, Innovative Financing and Agricultural Development to Accelerate Sustainable Growth in Africa

    Following our session “High level on Technical, Vocational and Education Training and Skills for African Youth” I am sharing with you a very relevant article from Fati N’zi Hassane, the  Head of Program, Skills and Employment for Youth, NEPAD. Africa is often described as the world’s youngest continent: 220 million Africans are between 15 and 25 […]