West Africa is at the heart of Africa’s transformation. With a projected growth rate of 7.4 per cent in 2014, it is the fastest growing region in the continent. As many of its countries undergo a strong stabilization, emerge from conflict, or even rise to middle income status, the region begins to reap the fruits of its regional and global integration. A global demand for expert opinions and analysis is rising rapidly. Read More

09Nov2016

Seeking to develop new sources of growth in Liberia

An August 2014 blog post during the escalation of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic in Liberia considered how, beyond the health crisis, the outbreak was having a significant impact on Liberia’s economy. Two years down the line, the threat of the virus has receded, yet the economy is facing other challenges, most prominently the drop in commodity prices. The country is at a critical juncture where it should increase attention on enabling the private sector to drive inclusive growth. This post is the first of a short series dedicated to Liberia to discuss some of the issues involved in the process.


25Oct2016

Comment inverser la propension africaine d’importation de poisson ?

L’Afrique compte 54 Etats dont 38 avec accès à la mer et qui tirent profit de la pêche maritime. Les multiples lacs africains dont deux les plus grands du monde (Tanganyika et Victoria) et ses grands fleuves - Nil, Niger, Congo, Zambèze ; sont aussi riches en poisson. En 2015, la production de poisson en Afrique représente 11 millions de tonnes dont 85% fournis par la pêche de capture et 15% par l’aquaculture, soit au total 7% de la production mondiale.


03Oct2016

La Maîtrise de l’eau pour multi-usages, un défi important pour la réalisation des objectifs des Top 5 de la BAD.

L’Afrique est à la croisée des chemins avec la mise en œuvre des objectifs de développement durable (ODD). Située au centre de l’attention des experts du monde du développement et des décideurs - comme l’a montré la récente 71e Assemblée générale des Nations Unies, la transition ODD-ODM nous mène à un constat de « non-évolution ». Les différentes conceptions énoncées ainsi que les multiples indicateurs proposés n’ont pas permis d’atteindre le développement durable nécessaire pour l’Afrique. Manque de pertinence des données disponibles ou déficit de coordination ? Une chose reste constante et incontournable : l’Afrique ne pourra atteindre un développement durable et tendre vers l’émergence, que si elle prend en charge, elle-même, sa propre transformation économique.


06Sep2016

Industrialization in West Africa (3): Giving rise to a “Made in Africa” regional industry?

A first and a second blog post on the theme of “Industrialization in West Africa” took stock of industrial development in West Africa and presented some of the strategies that could boost industrialization in the region. While all the mentioned strategies are relevant, provided they are adequately implemented, this post has a focus on the regional value chains (RVCs) strategy, and will highlight the benefits from this model.


26Aug2016

Understanding Public-Private-Partnerships in Guinea-Bissau

Although Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are often hailed as one the best options for infrastructure development, there appears to be surprisingly little understanding amongst policymakers of what they actually entail. This is even more so in situations of fragility. In a recent policy paper published under the West Africa Policy Notes series of the African Development Bank, I undertook to highlight what are the advantages and pitfalls of PPPs in the context of Guinea-Bissau and provide recommendations on the best course of action for pursuing development in the country


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