UNCTAD examines African economic development in a global context, builds consensus at the global level on Africa's development challenges and assists in the mobilization of international support measures in support of African countries.
The African continent has experienced high and steady economic growth over the past decade. Nevertheless, it continues to grapple with the challenges of poverty, unemployment, inequality, commodity dependence and environmental degradation. The continent is also not fully integrated into the world economy as indicated by its low shares in global output, investment and trade.
UNCTAD's work on Africa focuses on assisting African countries to address their development challenges through research and policy analysis, capacity development, advisory services, and consensus- building.
The main research output of the section is the annual Economic Development in Africa Report (EDAR), which addresses issues affecting economic development in Africa with a view to promoting African development and influencing policy choices in African countries and their development partners.
Building partnerships - critical to enhancing the impact of UNCTAD's work on Africa.
UNCTAD collaborates with leading African institutions such as the African Union, the Economic Commission for Africa, the African Development Bank and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency.
These partnerships have allowed UNCTAD to build synergies, avoid duplication of efforts and increase global understanding of the development challenges of the continent.