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5 Dec 2019

Africa’s growing markets show great potential for transforming their production systems. Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) has grown by 4.6% annually since 2000, the second fastest rate in the world. Its domestic demand accounts for 69% of this growth performance and has shifted towards more processed goods. The African Continental Free Trade Area raises new hopes of creating a pan-African market for the continent’s industrialisation. Many local firms are seizing these opportunities to grow in size and productivity. But productive transformation is not spreading, especially where needed in employment-intensive sectors.

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28 Nov 2019

This report revisits the challenges and opportunities to tackle Africa’s poverty, drawing on the latest evidence. It focuses on the income opportunities of the poor, the policies needed to support these opportunities, and the resources needed to finance pro-poor investments.

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21 Nov 2019

How Africa meets the energy needs of a young, fast growing and increasingly urban population is crucial for the continent’s – and the world’s – economic and energy future. One-in-two people added to the global population between today and 2040 is set to be African, and by 2025, Africa’s population exceeds that of both India and China. These profound demographic changes are set to drive economic growth, infrastructure development and, in turn, energy demand. This report, the most comprehensive to date, contains a unique richness of data and analysis.

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14 Nov 2019

Deployed to Mogadishu in March 2007, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) operates through a complicated and extensive system of partnerships. It is a crucial example of what the UN secretary-general has called “partnership peacekeeping”— peacekeeping supported by several international organizations, individual states, private firms, and local authorities.

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