About the Africa Forum

The Africa Forum is the annual gathering where OECD officials and African policy makers, private sector, academia and civil society leaders weigh the continent’s approaches to face the present and the challenges that lie ahead. The debates will benefit from the conclusions of the latest African Economic Outlook report, jointly produced by the OECD Development Centre, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

Africa Forum 2016 - African cities for Africa’s development

The OECD Development Centre, the African Union Commission and the OECD Sahel and West Africa Club held the annual International Economic Forum on Africa on 29 September 2016, at the OECD Headquarters in Paris. This 16th edition discussed the opportunities and challenges of the urbanisation process in Africa, looking into how to address informality in urban areas, the role of cities as drivers of economic transformation, and innovative ways to provide adequate and predictable financing for local governments and municipalities.

Press Release: Leaders gathered at the OECD call for tapping cities’ potential to foster Africa’s economic transformation

Watch the video of the Forum - Morning sessionsAfternoon sessions

OECD Observer: read the special section dedicated to the 2016 Africa Forum: African cities for development 


Africa Forum 2015 - Africa Beyond 2015

The 2015 Africa Forum took place on Wednesday, 9 September 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Organised by the OECD Development Centre and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, in collaboration with German Federal Foreign Office and in partnership with the African Union Commission, the 2015 edition focused on Africa’s development agenda beyond 2015, in light of the debates on Sustainable Development Goals and Financing for Development, the impact of the continent’s future demographic development on its economic transformation, and the policy responses to climate change.

Press Release: High-level international conference in Berlin: leaders call for renewed momentum

Watch the video of the Forum 

Read the: Summary Record / Booklet / Media Review

Speeches : Mr. Kofi Anan / Mr. Gerd Müller 


Africa Forum 2014 - By Africa, for Africa? Industrialisation and Integration for Inclusive Growth

The 2014 Africa Forum took place on Monday, 6 October 2014 in Paris, France. Organised by the OECD Development Centre in partnership with the African Union, the 2014 edition focused on the pan-African agenda of economic and social transformation. It assessed its progress in the light of changing global trade patterns and the demographic challenges ahead, while reviewing the implications of the Ebola crisis.

Press Release: New OECD Development Centre’s Africa Action Plan to support the continent’s integration and transformation agenda

Watch the video of the Forum - Morning session / Afternoon session

Read the:  Summary Record / Booklet  /  Media review

Speeches : Mr. Angel Gurría 


Africa Forum 2013 - Africa 2.0: Harnessing natural resource wealth for economic transformation

The 2013 Africa Forum took place on Monday, 6 October 2014 in Paris, France. The Forum was organised by the OECD Development Centre, in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the French government, as well as the European Union.


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