The 2019 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group will be held from 11-14 June 2019, in Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea. Find out more
AfDB: Championing inclusive growth across Africa. A blog by the former Chief Economist and Vice-President
For the past decade, Africa has had strong growth. A new economic momentum has been created. The continent weathered the financial crisis and has bounced back. But headline economic growth is not enough. Deliberate policies to reduce inequalities and promote inclusion are now needed more than ever before. It is time to focus on what people want: decent work, a living wage, access to basic service, more democracy and accountable governments. Africa and its people aim to be a pole of growth in the decades ahead. Read more
We have all seen the news reports about unskilled African workers and economic migrants desperately attempting to make their way to Europe, in overcrowded and unsafe vessels, risking their lives in the quest for a better life. We have also read about the significant streams of irregular migration (including traders and highly skilled professionals) across the African continent, at a great human and social cost. The reasons for illicit and widespread migration are not new.