• 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 […]

  • Malnutrition is not just hunger, it is also a mortgage on the future of our populations

    There is sometimes pleasing news about the progress of our continent. Recently, for example, a report of the Malabo-Montpellier Panel was published as part of the Forum for the Green Revolution in Africa (AGRF), which met in Abidjan. This report, entitled “Food: How can Africa build a future without hunger or malnutrition?”, reported that many African countries […]

  • Protecting wild fauna is a sovereignty challenge

    Africa often makes headlines in the international media for poaching, which I deplore and strongly condemn. By 2015, a Minnesota dentist had provoked an international outcry by shooting down the famous Cecil lion in Zimbabwe during a “big game sport hunt”. But we forget that poaching does not only kill animals, it also kills our […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • From Africa’s resource curse to Africa’s wealth

    Nobel economist Jan Tinbergen has shown in his work the negative impacts that the exploitation of natural resources can have on the economics of a country, based on the example of the Netherlands with the extraction of natural gas in the 1960s. Since then, the “Dutch disease” theory has evolved to refer to the “resource […]

  • 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 […]