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

09Apr2015

Trade finance in Africa

Trade finance is essential for international trade. This financial intermediation helps firms to manage risks inherent in international transactions, improve their liquidity and enable them to optimally invest to enhance their growth. In 2013, the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a US $1-billion trade finance (TF) program to provide financing to underserved African-based financial institutions and enterprises.


02Apr2015

Developmental state in Africa: New wine in old bottles?

The Ivorian Government, with support from the United Nations Development Programme, the African Development Bank and the World Bank organized a well-attended International Conference on Emerging Africa that took place in Abidjan from March 18-20, 2015. The issue of the developmental state and the role it could play in Africa’s emergence took centre stage.


12Feb2015

Minerals will continue to drive African economies: A view from Mining Indaba in Cape Town

Every second week of February, downtown Cape Town turns into a milling sea of humanity as serious looking chiefs of mining companies, those of their suppliers, and other personalities closely related to the industry stream from one lecture hall to the other and one exhibition to the next in search of new ideas, new machines, and new sources of financing.


11Jun2014

The impact of quantitative easing on Africa and its financial markets

Private capital flows to emerging markets are benefiting from an overall supportive global environment, in particular improved global outlook and strong projected growth in Africa. While the monetary policy of the Federal Reserve Bank has been shifting from quantitative easing to a tightening mode, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan are expected to undertake further monetary easing. Hence private capital flows to Africa’s emerging and frontier markets are expected to be higher than at the beginning of 2014. Nevertheless, risks of sudden stops or even reversals remain. Surprises in the timing, speed and size of the Fed quantitative easing (QE) tapering constitute some of the downside risks.


08Apr2014

Inequality, Economic Growth, and Poverty in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

The wave of protests and unrest that swept across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region since 2011 has continued in different forms. In addition to demands for more economic and political inclusion, the protests had been largely sparked by a refusal to tolerate any longer the gross socio-economic inequality perpetuated by long-entrenched “elites” in power. In many countries today, the issue of inequality has come to the front burner of international and national discourse with a view to finding solutions.