Integrating Africa is the AfDB Group’s blog on regional integration in Africa. It chronicles the issues arising from African countries’ efforts as they work to pool resources and integrate their economies for the development of their regional and individual economies. Read More

04Jun2018

Developing the private sector as a key enabler of sustainable industrialization

“Industrialize Africa” is an integral element of the African Development Bank’s ambitious strategy to transform the continent. It involves economies transitioning from low- to high-productivity sectors; from agriculture to agro-industries; from raw mineral resources to high-value semi-processed and/or processed exports.


31May2018

What Korea’s industrialization success means for Africa

Despite a decade’s worth of headline-grabbing economic growth, Africa’s experience with industrialization remains disappointing. Sixty-two percent of the continent’s total export products (link is external) are in primary form, signaling the limited role of manufacturing in driving development. Sub-Saharan Africa’s average share of manufacturing value added to GDP, at around 10 percent, is unchanged from the 1970s.

Authors: Pierre Guislain

31May2018

Capturing Africa’s niche in the global value chains

Africa sits on vast resources. Of greater potential than its extractive resources such as oil, diamonds, gold, or cobalt, is its population bulge.

Authors: Victor Oladokun

31May2018

Energy as an engine of Africa’s industrialization

With the lowest power consumption per capita in the world, sub-Sahara Africa is arguably the darkest section of the global village with investments, social and economic growth and jobs creation hobbled by frequent outages, load shedding and total black outs. Over 645 million Africans lack access to electricity.

Authors: Amadou Hott

27Apr2018

Optimizing innovative finance in Africa’s energy sector

Africa is energy rich. Its solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal power resources offer a remarkable opportunity to build low-carbon energy systems for all. Yet more than 640 million people, or two-thirds of the continent’s population, live without electricity.

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