• 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 […]

  • Climate smart agriculture in the context of COP 23

    While COP 23 is currently being held in Bonn, I thought it was interesting to present an update on one of our programs to support the fight against global warming, and aims to increase resilience to this phenomenon, which unfortunately our countries are facing as the first victims although they are in no way responsible for this situation. […]

  • Faced with the galloping demographics, what public policies?

    I am following up with my latest thoughts on the demographic transition that our continent is experiencing. We have posed the problem in its major trends in our last post, but it is also appropriate, I believe, to see how we can deal with this phenomenon. One of the levers on which it is possible […]

  • 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 […]