Other Major Publications on Africa

African Economic Outlook 2016: Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation (AfDB-OECD-UNDP, 2016) PDF

The African Economic Outlook 2016 analyses the present state of affairs in Africa, provides two-year forecasts and addresses a special theme, supporting all with extensive data. The first part covers economic and social aspects of the continent and allude to this year’s theme: sustainable cities and structural transformation. Part II focuses solely on the theme, building on analysis from the African Economic Outlook 2015: Regional Development and Spatial Inclusion. Country notes on each of Africa’s 54 countries constitute Part III. For the first time, the statistical annex includes a table on gender, comparing indicators from the three partner organisations.[Learn more about the African Economic Outlook]

The AfDB Statistics Pocketbook 2016 (AfDB, May 2016) PDF

The AfDB Statistics Pocketbook presents summary economic and social data on regional member countries and on the operational activities of the African Development Bank Group. Most of the indicators shown are selected from the other Bank publications: Compendium of Statistics on Bank Group Operations, Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries and African Statistical Yearbook which contain more detailed information.

Economic Report on Africa 2016: "Greening Africa’s Industrialization" (UNECA, March 2016) PDF

This 2016 edition of the Economic Report on Africa presents the case for sustainable and people-centred green industrialization in Africa. Given the impacts of climate change, resource scarcities and environmental degradation, measures for greening Africa’s development are critical and can bring significant benefits. The form and pattern of Africa’s industrialization, shaped by its abundant natural resources, are discussed, alongside the reshaping of policy to tackle poverty and inequality. The report also explores the role of de-coupling energy and economic activity and the greening of value chains as a route to generate low-carbon growth in Africa. [Launch of the Economic Report on Africa 2016 in New York, 11 avril 2016]

The African Union's Panel of the Wise: A Concise HIstory (African Union, 2016) PDF

The African Union Panel of the Wise has, since its launch in December 2007, become a key component of the African Peace and Security Architecture. Indeed, it is remarkable that in a mere eight years, the Panel has matured into a key conflict prevention and resolution instrument, contributing, through the sheer will and determination of its members, to strengthening the Union’s ability to better address the scourge of violence wherever it occurs on our continent. The inauguration of the third Panel of the Wise in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during December 2014, comprising five new members of the highest calibre, integrity and experience, has renewed our belief in the continued relevance of this important component of the African Peace and Security Architecture.

MDGs Gap Task Force Report 2015: Taking Stock of the Global Partnership for Development (United Nations, September 2015) PDF

This final report in a series that takes stock of recent achievements and gaps in the implementation of MDG 8. As has been reported throughout the monitoring process undertaken by the more than 30 organizations that comprise the Task Force, there have been significant positive developments pointing to an effective international effort to realize agreed targets during the MDGs period, but several deficits in international cooperation for development have continuously highlighted the need for a rejuvenation of the global partnership for development.

Economic Development in Africa Report 2015: "Unlocking the Potential of Africa´s Services Trade for Growth and Development" (UNCTAD, July 2015)

The 2015 edition discusses how services can contribute to sustainable growth and development continent-wide, especially given the enabling role of services and their capacity to link with other sectors. Africa needs to boost services trade and become better integrated in global value chains. The report makes specific and actionable policy recommendations on how to better leverage Africa’s services trade and the related development, employment and growth benefits. It also emphasises the need for greater policy coherence at the national, regional and international levels to address services sector and trade policy disconnects.

African Economic Outlook 2015: Regional Development and Spatial Inclusion (AfDB-OECD-UNDP, 2015) PDF

This 14th edition of the African Economic Outlook takes a close look at the challenges posed by demographic and spatial dimensions in the continent’s quest for structural transformation. By 2050, Africa’s population will rise to over 2 billion people, representing 25% of the world’s population, against 15% today. Beyond the sheer size of the continent’s future population, this demographic boom is also unique in terms of its spatial dynamics: both cities and rural areas will grow fast, and their interactions will intensify. While dependency ratios will fall, jobs will need to be created for the youth entering the labour market.

Millennium Development Goals Report 2015 (United Nations, July 2015)

The final assessment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) shows that the MDGs produced the most successful anti-poverty movement in history. The 15-year effort to achieve the eight aspirational goals set out in the Millennium Declaration in 2000 was largely successful across the globe, yet despite many successes, the poorest and most vulnerable people are being left behind. The successes of the MDGs prove that global action works and will serve as a springboard for the new sustainable development agenda to be adopted later this year.

Invest in Africa 2015 (AU, June 2015) PDF

The publication explores the important role of the African Union and highlights its initiatives in key areas, such as regional integration and foreign direct investment. It also analyses the African continent's investment opportunities across a wide range of industrial sectors and looks at the African Union's international partnerships. To mark the African Union's Year of Women's Empowerment, the publication includes a focus on the critical role of women in African society and how gender equality is central to achieving sustainable development for all.

2015 Regional Overview of Food Insecurity - Africa (FAO, May 2015) PDF

According to this report, which presents a brief snapshot of the progress that African countries are making to reduce undernourishment and malnutrition, African food security prospects are brighter than ever. The report also examines the key factors driving the progress made in food security in Africa and briefly discusses successful experiences of African countries to institute and sustain transformative policy, programmatic, institutional and governance processes which have contributed to improve nutritional and food security.

Agenda 2063 (African Union, Popular version, April 2015) PDF

Agenda 2063 is both a vision and an action plan with eight pillars for the continent in the foreseeable future, which will be translated into concrete objectives, milestones, goals, targets and actions/measures. Agenda 2063 is a call for action to all segments of African society to work together to build a prosperous and united Africa based on shared values and a common destiny in view of accelerating the development and technological progress of the continent. Agenda 2063 is expected to be a source of inspiration for development of national and regional sustainable development plans.

Economic Report on Africa 2015: "Industrialization Through Trade" (UNECA, March 2015) PDF

The 2015 report examines how trade can serve as an instrument of accelerated industrialization and structural transformation in Africa. It also explores the challenges and opportunities for Africa to industrialize through trade in the context of the rapidly changing regional and global economic environment. Ten country case studies were conducted to shed light on industrializing through trade. The findings from this exercise informed the policy recommendations contained in this report.

The African Union Handbook 2015 (AU, January 2015) PDF

The second edition of this handbook provides a detailed presentation of the structures and organs of the African Union in 2015. It provides a definitive reference guide for everyone working in or with the African Union, including Member States, international organizations and civil society.

Inclusive Growth, an Imperative for African Africulture (AfDB, 2014) PDF

Agriculture is key to inclusive growth, given its proven record of contributing to more robust reduction of poverty. It provides employment for about 60 percent of the economically active population, and 70 percent of the continent’s poorest communities. It also supports the livelihoods of 90 percent of Africa’s population. Further, Africa’s dependence on agriculture is stretching its ecological carrying capacity. Africa’s agriculture therefore needs a transformation to green agricultural practices that combine intensification of land productivity with environmental sustainability.

African Economic Outlook 2014: Structural Transformation and Natural Resources (AfDB-OECD-UNDP, 2014) PDF

This thematic edition of the African Economic Outlook 2014 looks at how Africa can make the most of global value chains to implement its industrialisation agenda, and upgrade its capacity within value chains. Production processes have become increasingly fragmented across the globe as companies seek out competitive locations for their various production tasks. In this new trade reality, developing countries are no longer obliged to create entire industries to participate in competitive markets. They can now access global value chains directly by providing specific skills or products to international production networks. This opens up new and quicker routes for development. Currently, Africa captures a small but growing share of trade in global value chains, from 1.4% in 1995 to 2.2% in 2011.

Tracking Africa's Progress in Figures (AfDB, 2014) PDF

Africa is a continent of significant scale and diversity - geographically, economically, and culturally. Over the last few decades, Africa has embarked on a process of transformation and growth. This report aims to identify the ‘megatrends’ which, together with other drivers of change, will shape Africa’s future, in view of supporting the transformation of the continent into a stable, competitive, integrated, and greener continent, building on a foundation of inclusive and sustainable growth.

Invest in Africa 2014 (AU, June 2014) PDF

The fourth edition of Invest in Africa analyses Africa’s progress in key business sectors. It also explores the African Union’s initiatives and future prospects as the continent strives to meet and surpass the UN Millennium Development goals. The publication features in-depth analysis of the multiple investment opportunities across various industrial sectors – including finance and banking, oil and gas, transport, agriculture, infrastructure, ICT, education and healthcare – and looks at past and present investment deals and international trade partnerships that the African Union has forged, including those with the European Union, the United States and China.

The AfDB Statistics Pocketbook 2014 (AfDB, May 2016) PDF

The AfDB Statistics Pocketbook presents a summary economic and social data on regional member countries and on the operational activities of the African Development Bank Group. Most of the indicators shown are selected from the other Bank publications: Compendium of Statistics on Bank Group Operations, Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries and African Statistical Yearbook which contain more detailed information. The AfDB Statistics Pocketbook 2014 was prepared in the Economic and Social Statistics Division of the Statistics Department.

Common African Position on Post-2015 Development Agenda (January 2014) PDF

The Common African Position is the result of regional and continental consultations conducted over the past two years. It recognizes that the post-2015 development agenda provides a unique opportunity for Africa to reach consensus on common challenges, priorities and aspirations, and to actively participate in the global debate. Africa's priorities are presented under six pillars: environmental sustainability, natural resources management and risk management of natural disasters; finance and partnership; human-centered development; peace and security; science, technology and innovation; and structural economic transformation and inclusive growth.

The African Union Handbook 2014 (AU, January 2014) PDF

The The first edition of African Union (AU) Handbook is a ready reference guide for people working in all parts of the AU system as well as the AU’s many partners and wider civil society. It has been modelled on the United Nations Handbook, a publication that has been produced by the New Zealand Government for over 50 years.

Africulture in Africa - Transformation and Outlook (NEPAD, November 2013) PDF

Launched ahead of the 2014 Year of Agriculture in Africa, this report declares agriculture as a driver of economic transformation in Africa. Overall, on the continent, the agricultural sector has great potential to feed the growing African population feed itself, eliminating hunger and food insecurity, but also to help boost intra-Africa trade and investments, support industrialization and economic diversification, promote sustainable resource and environmental management, create jobs, human security and shared prosperity, and place Africa on global food markets.

Outcome Document of the Africa Regional Implementation Meeting for the Post-Rio+20 follow-up processes (UNECA, October 2013) PDF

As a follow-up to the Rio+20 Outcome Document, the UNECA in collaboration with the AUC, the AfDB and the UNDESA organized the Africa Regional implementation meeting (Africa RIM) which was held  from 31 October to 5 November 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to deliberate on the main outcomes of Rio+20 and their implications for Africa. The experts and ministerial segments of the meetings aimed at enabling African countries to identify, articulate and reach consensus on the region’s sustainable development priorities and goals.

African Economic Outlook 2013: Structural Transformation and Natural Resources (AfDB-OECD-UNDP, 2013) PDF

African economies today are facing the formidable challenge of creating more and better jobs, not just by sustaining the pace of growth, but by making it more inclusive. Structural transformation is fundamental to meeting this challenge and Africa’s abundant natural resource wealth can provide the base. Indeed the Agenda 2063 of the African Union has committed to facilitating structural transformation as one the main pillar for a prosperous future of the continent.

The AfDB Statistics Pocketbook 2013 (AfDB, May 2013) PDF

The AfDB Statistics Pocketbook presents summary economic and social data on regional member countries and on the operational activities of the African Development Bank Group. Most of the indicators shown are selected from the other Bank publications: Compendium of Statistics on Bank Group Operations, Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries and African Statistical Yearbook which contain more detailed information. The AfDB Statistics Pocketbook 2013 was prepared in the Economic and Social Statistics Division of the Statistics Department.