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Annual Report

The Bank Group Annual Report 2018 is the annual report submitted by the Boards of Directors of the African Development Bank (Bank) and the African Development Fund (Fund) to the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the Fund.

African Economic Outlook

The African Economic Outlook (AEO) Report is an annual publication prepared and published by the African Development Bank

African Statistical Yearbook

The African Statistical Yearbook 2019 is a result of these concerted and coordinated efforts among the three main continental institutions (AfDB, AUC, and UNECA) in their quest to provide users with quality statistical information to inform Africa's development initiatives.

The AfDB Statistics Pocketbook

The AfDB Statistics Pocketbook 2019, presents summary economic and social data on regional member countries and on the operational activities of the African Development Bank Group. Most of the indicators shown are selected from another Bank publication: Compendium of Statistics on Bank Group OperationsGender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries

Compendium of Statistics on Bank Group Operations

Compendium of Statistics on Bank Group Operations is an annual publication of the African Development Bank Group, presenting data on operational activities of the Bank Group. Part One gives cross-country statistics on Bank operations and Part Two provides country-specific information on each regional member country of the Bank. The present publication was prepared in the Economic and Social Statistics Division of the Statistics Department.

Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries

 Gender, Poverty, and Environmental Indicators on African Countries is published by the Statistics Department of the African Development Bank Group. The publication also provides some information on the broad development trends relating to gender, poverty and environmental issues in the 54 African countries. Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries 2019 was prepared by the Economic and Social Statistics Division of the Statistics Department.

Development Effectiveness Reviews

The Development Effectiveness Reviews are a series of publications providing an overview of Africa’s development achievements and trends, and reviewing the African Development Bank’s contribution to development results on the continent. It also looks at how well we manage our operations and our own organisation.

GDP Compilation in African Countries

GDP compilation in African Countries was prepared by the Statistics Department of the African Development Bank as a training material for regional member countries. It is based on the materials prepared for the regional workshops organized by the African Development Bank within its statistical capacity building (SCB) program. The manual comprises five parts: the first part discusses the basic valuation principle in national accounting and links with business accounting, which is the foundation of economic statistics. The second part discusses methods and practices in estimating value added by the kind of economic activity. The third part discusses methods and practices in estimating final expenditures, and the role of supply and use tables (SUT) to integrate the three approaches to GDP. The fourth part discusses an integrated strategy for the collection of economic data to support national accounts compilation, including the use of the double deflation method. Finally, the fifth part discusses the compilation of national accounts in constant prices by the double deflation method. The appendices to most of the chapters provide the reader with exercises to complete in order to master the basic concepts and practices in national accounting. Solutions to these exercises are presented in the Annex at the end of the manual.

Africa and Global Economic Trends Quarterly Review

The Statistics Department (ESTA) has just released a new edition of the ‘Quarterly Statistical Brief’. The objective is to provide users with some recent data on the short term trends in the world economy, commodity prices and African economies in general.   

The Bulletin is disseminated every quarter and the next edition is scheduled for release at the end of March 2012.

Africa Competitiveness Report

The Africa Competitiveness Report 2017  (ACR), a joint biennial publication produced by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Bank (WB) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), was released on Thursday, May 4, 2017.  

African Development Report

Despite earlier periods of limited growth, African economies have grown substantially over the past decade. However, poverty and inequality reduction has remained less responsive to growth successes across the continent. How does growth affect poverty and inequality? How can Africa overcome contemporary and future sustainable development challenges?
This 2015 edition of the African Development Report (ADR) offers analysis, synthesis and recommendations that are relevant to these questions.

Economic Benefits of Open Data in Africa

Recent studies have suggested that open data policies could deliver significant economic benefits for both developed and developing countries. The African Development Bank has spearheaded the promotion and facilitation of open data policies in Africa. Indeed, in 2012, when the implementation of the open data approach was still in its infancy in many developed and developing countries, the Statistics Department of the African Development Bank launched the Africa Information Highway (AIH) initiative as part of its third-phase Statistical Capacity Building (SCB) program in African countries. This provided a data publishing platform for all its 54 African regional member countries. This paper was commissioned as a subsequent stage of this SCB work.

African Statistical Journal

Since November 2005, the Bank publishes bi-annually The African Statistical Journal which is intended to foster improved communication and contact among analysts, policy makers and data producers in Africa. It is established also to serve as a research outlet and information sharing publication among academic and practicing statisticians mainly in Africa. The Journal aims to promote the understanding of statistical development in the African region.

Africa Tourism Monitor

The report presents some of the major opportunities and challenges facing the diversification of the travel and tourism industry in Africa – from generating revenue and creating jobs to attracting new travel and tourism markets; and from developing niche tourism products to sustaining hotel and airline growth; and from leveraging social media to utilizing on-line travel engines.

Capacity Focus

Capacity Focus is a biannual magazine published by the African Development Institute. Its objective is to provide a forum to share opinions, view and insights on various issues pertinent to capacity development in Africa. The articles of the magazine also aim to reinforce the role of the African Development Bank (AfDB) as the leading development enabler on the continent.

Guidelines for Building Statistical Business Registers in Africa

The general objectives of the Guidelines are provide guidance in developing a survey frame to be used as the source of frames for all economic and business surveys, as well as provide (i) a general background to the need for an SBR and the concepts on which it is based (ii) a description of the functions of an SBR (iii) detailed information on SBR development and implementation and (iv) a starting point for harmonization of SBRs across African National Statistical Offices (NSOs).

Safeguards and Sustainability Series

In the quest to achieve its primary objective of assisting African countries to attain economic development and social progress, the African Development Bank (AfDB) acknowledges the right to effective participation in decision making as essential for the development of an inclusive and just society. It equally recognises the need to promote respect for human rights and good governance. In this respect therefore, the Bank commissioned the preparation of an issues paper to provide an overview of the state of Indigenous People in Africa, highlighting options for their inclusion in the Bank’s development projects in its Regional Member Countries (RMCs). 

Agricultural Statistics Capacity Indicators (ASCIs)

This report provides an assessment of African countries’ capacity to produce reliable and timely data to inform the continent’s agricultural development agenda. It highlights those countries that have shown signs of improvement in their capacity to produce relevant agricultural statistics, as well as those exhibiting some weakness. These findings can help to focus attention on the underperformance of individual countries, so that these countries may be targeted for additional assistance where it is most badly needed whether this be on the technical side or financially. It also helps to identify the high-performers so that their best practices may be emulated by those countries showing slower progress.

Working Papers

This series presents research findings on topics relevant to African development policy issues. Submissions for the publication of an Economic Research Working Paper are welcome from all professionals; please see the Information for Contributors for more details.

Africa Infrastructure Development Index (AIDI) – 2018

The AIDI is generated annually and is intended to provide information on progress African Countries are making in infrastructure development. The data used are compiled through the Africa Infrastructure Knowledge Program (AIKP) managed by the Bank as part of its statistical capacity building activities in Africa.  This latest brief extends data coverage to the period 2000-2018 across all the infrastructure sectors (energy, ICT, transport, water supply & sanitation). The results show that African countries are generally making progress in infrastructure development, driven mainly by significant improvements in the ICT sector and to a lesser degree in transport.  For more detailed data on infrastructure in Africa, please visit the Bank’s Infrastructure Data Portal on: