• 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 Africa we want cannot happen without African women

    As we talk more and more about the second liberation of Africa and economic liberation, one cannot avoid thinking also of Africans who represent more than half of the continent’s population: Women. Should we also consider this question in terms of a new liberation, an emancipation? Would not it be more constructive to look at the situation of the 410 […]

  • Invest strategically in higher education

    The demographic development of Africa poses major infrastructure and equipment problems for our States. This is particularly true for the Education sector. Since nature loathes the void, where states do not or can not accept hundreds of thousands, even millions of students of the superior, non-state institutions are set up. This is true of the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence

    I thank the “Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence” for inviting me to this new edition. Exceptional guests and exciting debate. The video of my speech during the round table: From a world of inequalities to a world of solidarity – coordinated by Pierre Jacquet, member of the Cercle des économistes, and moderated by Béatrice Mathieu, Deputy editor […]

  • 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 […]

  • Formal sector versus informal sector: towards reconciliation

    More often than not, particularly in Africa, we are used to opposing the formal and informal sectors. Shouldn’t we adopt for once a holistic approach of our economies and try to integrate more and more the informal sectors of our economies by the means of smart and fair policies? Behind this somewhat negative word, the […]

  • Oxford Africa Conference – Regional Integration and the Politics of Development Policy

    That was a great honour for me to participate in the Oxford Africa Conference along with Graça Machel and Donald Kaberuka. Here is the video : http://bit.ly/2rOsWRh