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Promoting Economic Development in Africa
Economic Development of Africa

UNCTAD examines African economic development from global context, builds consensus at the international level on the challenges facing the African countries, and assists in the mobilization of international support measures to promote economic development in Africa.

Despite impressive growth, African countries continue to grapple with the challenges of poverty, unemployment, inequality, commodity dependence and environmental degradation.

UNCTAD assists African countries in addressing these development challenges through research and policy analysis, capacity development, advisory services, and consensus building.

UNCTAD collaborates with leading African institutions such as the African Union, the Economic Commission for Africa, the African Development Bank and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)

Main outputs
  • Economic Development in Africa Report (EDAR)
  • Disseminate findings and policy recommendations of EDAR
  • Preparation of "activities undertaken by UNCTAD in support of Africa Report"


Flag of South Africa
23 September 2012Shift African investment towards industry, South African Minister recommends
25 July 2012UNCTAD participates in UN regional coordination meeting for Africa
Trade and Development Board
05 July 2012UNCTAD work on Africa reviewed, encouraged by governing board
Trade and Development Board
04 July 2012UNCTAD to continue close collaboration with NEPAD
Economic Development in Africa Report 2012
12 June 20122012 Economic Development in Africa Report calls for "sustainable" economic transformation
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