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African Economic Outlook 2016 launched in Nigeria

04/08/2016

The 2016 African Economic Outlook (AEO) was launched by the Nigeria Country Office of the African Development Bank at an outreach event held at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.

Blogs

Africa’s urbanisation and structural transformation

04/08/2016

By Patrick Love We don’t know the name, or the place and exact date of birth, of the baby who changed world history. My guess is that she was born somewhere in Africa in 2007. Not that she cared as she lay there all wrinkled and raging at the disagreeable turn her life had just taken, but it was thanks to her that for the first time ever, the world had more urban dwellers than country folk.

Blogs

Integrating the local and global urban agendas

12/07/2016

David Simon, Director, Mistra Urban Futures, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden In October, world leaders will gather in Quito for the Habitat III summit to launch the New Urban Agenda. This is on top of the start this year of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is odd that to date these two vitally important global urban initiatives led by the United Nations have been kept separate. It would be far more logical and extremely valuable, however, to link them by using SDG 11, the urban goal, as a monitoring and evaluation framework for the New Urban Agenda.

Blogs

How China’s Rebalancing Affects Africa’s Development Finance … and More

05/07/2016

By Helmut Reisen of Shifting Wealth Consulting and former Head of Research at the OECD Development Centre 2015 has been a challenging year for Africa. Average growth of African economies weakened in 2015 to 3.6%, down from an average annual 5% enjoyed since 2000. Total financial flows have decreased 12.8% to USD 188.8 billion, including UNCTAD estimates for foreign direct investment. Africa´s tax-GDP ratio tumbled to 17.9%, down from 18.7% in 2014.

Blogs

Africa’s Blue Economy: An opportunity not to be missed

09/06/2016

By Dr. Carlos Lopes, UN Under Secretary General & Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa. The world’s oceans, seas and rivers are a major source of wealth, creating trillions of dollars’ worth in goods and services as well as employing billions of people. Three out of four jobs that make up the entire global workforce are water-dependent.

Blogs

A 21st century vision for urbanisation

09/06/2016

By Dr Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat. If urbanisation is one of the most important global trends of the 21st century, with some 70% of the world’s population forecasted to live in cities by 2050, then urbanisation in Africa marks one of the most significant opportunities for achieving global sustainable development.

Press release

Africa: economic transformation hinges on unlocking potential of cities, says the African Economic Outlook 2016

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