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West Africa’s diet transformation: Will the region capitalise on its changing food demand?

15/12/2016

Demand for food in West Africa is changing dramatically, opening great opportunities to create new wealth and jobs. But will most of the wealth and jobs be created in West Africa or in the countries that export food to the region? The decisions made over the next few years by West Africans and their development partners will largely determine who benefits from this massive opportunity and its attendant challenges.

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What’s standing in the way of South Africa’s entrepreneurs?

02/06/2017

Industrialisation is a key driver of sustainable development. It creates jobs, adds value and promotes trade through greater integration into global value chains. At the same time, entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are critical to every economy by creating jobs and innovative goods, promoting a competitive environment and economic growth, and facilitating income distribution.

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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.

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Six key challenges to improving nutrition through social protection in the Sahel and West Africa

14/02/2017

The Sahel and West Africa region is home to some of the most nutritionally insecure people in the world. In 2015, 19 to 21 million children in the region under the age of five were affected by stunting. This figure is growing and may exceed 22 million by 2025. Today, strong evidence exists linking social protection to improved nutrition. In December 2016, the 32nd Annual RPCA Meeting focused political attention on some of the key challenges to be overcome in this area.

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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.

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Girls robbed of their childhood in the Sahel

09/03/2017

In Mali, Niger and Chad, 40% of children under five suffer from stunting. These children do not receive enough nutrients. Their bodies — their brains, bones and muscles — do not get enough calcium, iron or zinc or enough vitamins (A, B2, B12 etc.), so they do not have enough energy to grow and develop. Many of these children will suffer from chronic diseases and will have cognitive problems — so they won’t be able to go to school for long, if at all. As adults, they will have little chance to flourish and, secondarily, will have low economic productivity. Many will also die very young, often before turning five.

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Biases in entrepreneurship and industrial policy in Africa

06/09/2017

Africa has failed to industrialise. At the same time, millions of young people are seeking jobs. Put one-and-one together and the answer seems to be that if these labour market entrants become entrepreneurs in industry then they can in one stroke create jobs and help Africa industrialise. Yet, optimising the nexus between entrepreneurship and industrialisation requires overcoming some vexing policy biases. These can be categorised as biases of over-estimation and biases of under-estimation.

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Realizar o potencial dos empreendedores africanos para acelerar a transformação industrial de África, é o que afirma o relatório Perspetivas Económicas em África 2017

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AfricanEconomicOutlook.org  é a mais recente evolução do relatório anual Perspectivas Económicas em África, trazendo o seu conteúdo confiável e de alta qualidade à era digital.