Africa and Middle East

Focus

  • Launch of the 2017 African Economic Outlook

    The 16th edition of the African Economic Outlook was launched during the Annual Meetings of the AfDB on 22 May 2017. The report presents the continent’s current state of affairs and forecasts its situation for the coming two years. It also takes a hard look at industrialisation and entrepreneurship in Africa and proposes practical steps to harness the potential of entrepreneurship in Africa.

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  • The cost of air pollution in Africa - new case study

    The human and economic costs of air pollution in Africa are growing fast, according to a new OECD Development Centre study on the Cost of Air Pollution in Africa. Already, they are surpassing the costs associated with unsafe sanitation or underweight children. Without bold policy changes in Africa’s urbanisation policies, these costs might explode.

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  • Revenue Statistics in Africa

    The publication Revenue Statistics in Africa compiles comparable tax revenue and non-tax revenue statistics for eight countries in Africa: Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Mauritius, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. The report is jointly undertaken by the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration and the OECD Development Centre, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF).

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The OECD Development Centre monitors key economic and social trends on the continent with a view to informing policy making by African governments and their partners. In particular, it leads the OECD contribution to the African Economic Outlook, a joint project with the African Development Bank and the UNDP.

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External financial flows to African economies are increasing. Their development impact must be assessed against progress in mobilising domestic resources.   The creators of NEPAD considered political governance as an essential determinant of development performance. We review existing evidence and propose original indicators.   Growth has been good over the last decade but job creation remains too slow. What is needed is no less than an overhaul of growth strategies.