The African Development Report 2015 (ADR2015) was prepared by staff from the African Development Bank Group, under the overall guidance of Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa (Former acting Chief Economist and Vice President - ECON) and Abebe Shimeles (Ag. Director, Development and Research Department).

The task manager was Nadège Désirée Yaméogo. Key team members include: Zuzana Brixiová, Zorobabel Bicaba, Tiguene Nabassaga, and Bumi Camara, who coordinated the report.

The analysis draws on background papers from external contributors including: Augustin K. Fosu, Elizabeth Asiedu, Arne Bigsten, Erik Thorbecke, Morten Jerven, Xavier Sala-i-Martin, Dani Rodrik, Murray Leibbrandt, Fatma Sesay Kebbay, Maxim Pinkovskiy, Mthuli Ncube, Neil Lloyd, Tumi Makgetla and Seid Yared. Internal contributions came from: Abebe Shimeles, Nadège Désirée Yaméogo, Bumi Camara, Zuzana Brixiová, Tiguene Nabassaga, Thierry Kangoye, Zorobabel T. Bicaba, and John C. Anyanwu. Comments and inputs were also received from: Mouhamadou Sy, Eugene N. Bempong, Dawit Birhanu, Andinet Woldemichael, and Frederik Teufel. Naser Banie Outchiri and Khemraj Kokil provided valuable research support.

The report benefited from comments and reviews by Stephan Klasen and David E. Sahn. In addition, various departments of the Bank, in particular the Fragile States Department, provided valuable comments that helped shape the report. Useful suggestions were also received from Nhlanhla Nene, Former Minister of Finance, Republic of South Africa; Nialé Kaba, Minister to the Prime Minister in Charge of Economy and Finance, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire; Louis Kasekende, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Uganda; and, Kathleen Beegle, Lead Economist, World Bank who were part of a panel that discussed the preliminary findings of the report during the Bank’s 2015 Annual Meetings in Abidjan.

Djipro D. Patience Gogo, Nelson Abiana, Rhoda R. Bangurah, and Veronique Aka provided valuable administrative and logistical support. Editorial services were provided by Agulhas Applied Knowledge. The French version of the report was prepared by Architexte, Paris and edited by Jean-François Allain.