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Peer Review of the Economic Development in Africa Report 2020
11 - 12 December 2019
Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues


The Economic Development in Africa Report analyzes major aspects of Africa’s trade and development challenges, and explores policy issues of interest to African countries.

It makes policy recommendations for action by African countries themselves, and by the international community to overcome the development challenges that the continent faces.

The Economic Development in Africa Report 2020 will examine how tackling illicit financial flows can support sustainable development in Africa.


The Peer Review of the forthcoming Economic Development in Africa Report 2020 will bring together invited economic and trade analysts, research scholars, policy makers, and subject-matter experts to review and discuss a draft of the forthcoming Report.

The objective of the Peer Review is to critically assess the methodologies followed in the Report, and deepen the analysis contained therein, in light of recent scholarship. The Peer Review is undertaken as part of a comprehensive effort to ensure the highest-quality and analytical rigour of the final Report.


Participants in the Peer Review included the following:

  • Ms. Laila Abdul Latif, University of Nairobi
  • Ms. Rebecca Engebretsen, OECD
  • Ms. Uzumma Marilyn Erume, UNECA
  • Dr. Alexander Ezenagu, University of Hong Kong (HKU)
  • Mr. Zhang Gang, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Dr. Martin Hearson, International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD), Institute of Development Studies
  • Dr. Rahul Mehrota, Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Dr. Irene Musselli, University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
  • Professor Léonce Ndikumana, Africa Policy Program (PERI), University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Ms. Joy Ndubai, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Ms. Kathy Nicolaou-Manias, University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance

The Economic Development in Africa Report 2020 will be launched globally on 29 September 2020.

 For further information on UNCTAD’s work in support of Africa, please see: Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes.

 Members of the Report Team and invited experts gathered following the Peer Review of the forthcoming Economic Development in Africa Report 2020.


Mr. Junior Davis
Mr. Rostand Ngadjie Siani
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