Africa’s Development Dynamics 2021
Digital Transformation for Quality Jobs
Africa’s Development Dynamics uses lessons learned in the continent’s five regions
– Central, East, North, Southern and West Africa – to develop policy recommendations
and share good practices. Drawing on the most recent statistics, this analysis of
development dynamics attempts to help African leaders reach the targets of the African
Union’s Agenda 2063 at all levels: continental, regional, national and local.
The 2021 edition, now published at the beginning of the year, explores how digitalisation
can create quality jobs and contribute to achieving Agenda 2063, thereby making African
economies more resilient to the global recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report targets four main policy areas for Africa’s digital transformation: bridging
the digital divide; supporting local innovation; empowering own-account workers; and
harmonising, implementing and monitoring digital strategies. This edition includes
a new chapter examining how to finance Africa’s development despite the 2020 global
Africa’s Development Dynamics feeds into a policy debate between the African Union’s
governments, citizens, entrepreneurs and researchers. It aims to be part of a new
collaboration between countries and regions, which focuses on mutual learning and
the preservation of common goods. This report results from a partnership between the
African Union Commission and the OECD Development Centre.
Published on January 19, 2021Also available in: French, Portuguese