Africa and Middle East


  • African Economic Outlook 2015

    With Africa’s population set to double by 2050, modernising local economies will be vital to make the continent more competitive and to increase people’s living standards, according to the African Economic Outlook 2015, released at the African Development Bank Group’s 50th Annual Meetings.

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  • Ghana becomes the 50th member of the OECD Development Centre

    Ghana’s entry into the OECD Development Centre marks a significant stride in support of the country’s inclusive growth and development strategy. It also deepens the Centre’s global representativeness and institutional cooperation with pan-African arenas as it welcomes its 9th African member country.

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  • Experts’ Meeting on “Sustainable cities and structural transformation in Africa”

    During the OECD Development Week, 8-9 October, this meeting will explore ways in which African cities can become positive drivers of the continent’s structural transformation, in the context of the multiple challenges identified in the 2015 edition of the AEO on Regional Development and Spatial Inclusion, as well as in previous editions.

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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.

Development Finance




Youth Employment

Multidimensional Country Reviews
Global Value Chains Initiative
Natural resources
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.