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

21Oct2013

Climbing value chains: Options for African policy makers

Africa’s economic landscape has changed considerably over the last twenty years. After two decades of sustained economic growth, Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP is almost $1.5 trillion. Its middle class rose to 350 million people in 2010, up from 126 million people in 1980 and in 2010, consumer spending stood at approximately $600 billion.


14Jun2013

Climate Change as an Integration Issue

Contemporary conversations about climate change and development in Africa suffer from a scale problem. Generally speaking, these conversations go one of two ways. Some talk about “African climate change”, speaking in sweeping terms about such impacts as lost agricultural production or increased disease burden. Others focus on potential local impacts, sometimes scaling to national impacts. Neither of these foci facilitates thinking about climate change as an integration issue for Africa.


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