Investment policy

Growth and development in Africa - UN-OSAA, OECD and NEPAD partnership


The United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (UN-OSAA), the OECD and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) have joined forces to improve international and regional co-operation for growth and development in Africa.


Representatives of the UN-OSAA, OECD, and NEPAD held a public briefing to UN member states and other development partners at UN Headquarters in New York on 11 October 2013 to discuss their partnership and launch the first results of their joint work


Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD, Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra, UN Special Adviser on Africa,  and Mr. Eckhard Deutscher, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee led the briefing.

Africa policy briefs

Economic Diversification in Africa: A Review of Selected Countries

This joint study recommends further diversification of African economies to reduce reliance on natural resource revenues and encourage sustainable growth in other strategic sectors such as telecommunications, agriculture and tourism. It presents case studies of 5 African countries - Angola, Benin, Kenya, South Africa and Tunisia.


Webcast of the press briefing

The study and policy briefs are also available online at and


This co-operation will contribute to renewed efforts to accelerate Africa’s progress towards the Millennium Development goals and reduce the continent’s vulnerability to external shocks and food price instability. It also aims to improve recognition of the increasingly important contribution of Africa to global economic growth.


For further information about this partnership, please contact


Mr. David Mehdi Hamam, Chief, UN-OSAA
(, Tel: +1-212-963-2645)


Mr. Karim Dahou, Executive Manager, NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative (, Tel: +33-6-27592033)


Mr. Bankole Adeoye, Chief of Staff, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (, Tel: +27-0-11-2563600)


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