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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  • Africa Forum 2015: Africa Beyond 2015

    In the next 40 years, Africa will be home to an additional 1.4 billion people. More than 20 million young people will be entering the labour market every year looking for jobs. Dependency ratios, which had risen to one person in working age per each person in dependency age in the 1980s, should drop to around 0.6. How to make the most of this demographic bonus? In which sectors will the jobs be created?

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  • Harmonising African Revenue Statistics

    African tax administration representatives gathered under the auspices of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on 25-26 November 2014 to set the framework for harmonising their revenue statistics.

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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.