Emanuele Santi

Regional Chief Economist

Emanuele Santi is Regional Chief Economist for AfDB’s West African Department after nearly 15 years of professional experience in development, mostly gained at the World Bank and the African Development Bank. He has worked on over 25 countries in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He holds a PhD in Development Policy from Trieste University/ Paris Sorbonne, a Master in Economic Studies from the College of Europe and an Executive Program Degree on Public Financial Management from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


31Mar2015

Why empowering West African women is not just right, but makes economic sense

On Sunday, March 8, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. As a lead up to the event, the African Development Bank dedicated an entire week to raising awareness on gender issues.


10Feb2015

Côte d’Ivoire vs Ghana: A football-economics tale of two countries

Côte d’Ivoire’s victory against Ghana during the 2015 African Cup of Nations final was widely unexpected and regarded as a historic victory. The Elephants, the Ivorian national football team, were certainly not the favourite team, but surprised most observers with a repeat of their victory against Ghana 23 years ago, again on penalty kicks.


19Nov2014

West Africa/Ebola: Getting the right narrative and focusing on the bigger picture

Ebola is certainly having some devastating effects on Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, but the ongoing narrative on the economic impact of Ebola may even create much more damage than those very adverse consequences it is intending to capture. At the recent World Bank Annual Meeting, shortly after the Bretton Woods institution released a study pointing to billions of potential losses due to the Ebola, AfDB President Donald Kaberuka rightly warned the world of the need to be careful about doomsday narratives.


22Oct2014

What the Ebola outbreak tell us about poor governance and state fragility

The Ebola outbreak, which is ravaging West Africa, causing over 4,000 deaths, and has crossed the Atlantic infecting its first case in the United States and now Spain, is an immense tragedy. But it also serves as a reminder of the fundamental challenges of development in a weak institutional environment.


15Sep2014

Ebola should not overshadow West Africa’s great progress and still untapped potential

Last week I was asked to make a presentation on West Africa to a number of senior executives of large multinational companies, keen in investing in our region. In spite of the panic displayed by some media outlets and the occasional cancellation of conferences and football matches due to take place in the region because of Ebola, they came to Abidjan, at the heart of one of the continental success stories, to explore business opportunities.


12Aug2014

US-Africa Summit: What post agenda for West Africa?

As the largest-ever US-Africa gathering of leaders came to a close, the debate on the future of the US policy for Africa has once again resurfaced. While interesting suggestions are put forward by economists and other experts – this argument by the Center for Global Development on closing the energy gap is among the most interesting – it may however be judicious if, rather than hope for a new grand scheme to be implemented, we take a deeper look at the existing US economic policies and instruments towards Africa, and analyze their effect on the West African region.


18Jul2014

Food prices on the rise in West Africa: Need for urgent action

The latest FAO Food Outlook Report, the organization’s biannual report on global food markets, points out to a new acceleration of food prices, namely wheat, meat and rice. This trend reverses the international food decline experienced in the past 10 months. This is particularly visible in the region’s key food items: wheat, rice, and traditional staples like millet, sorghum and cassava.


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