Africa has experienced robust economic growth over the past two decades, growing at an average annual rate of 4.5 percent. Yet, growth cannot be taken for granted. The latest Africa’s Pulse, a bi-annual report produced by the World Bank’s Africa Region, warns that economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to fall to 1.6 percent in 2016, the lowest level in over two decades. Low commodity prices and tight financial conditions, exacerbated by domestic headwinds from policy uncertainty, droughts, low agricultural productivity and political and security concerns, have all continued to weigh on economic activity across the region.
To kick off debate and discussion on these issues, the World Bank is organizing a dialogue on October 17, ‘End Poverty Day 2016’, to explore the implications of the slowdown on growth, jobs, people, health, education and social advance and their impact on the standard of living of the people. Agriculture continues to be the mainstay of economies across Sub-Saharan Africa, and the dialogue will look at how improvements in public policies, backed by increased investments, can help to ignite growth, make more food and jobs available and help protect the environment.
As we mark ‘End Poverty Day’, please join us for a stimulating and substantive dialogue on these important issues – in person, through videoconferences, online, and via social media.
- Haleh Bridi, Director for Communications and Partnerships, Africa Region, World Bank
- Pablo Fajnzylber - Practice Manager, AFR Poverty Team
- Andrew Dabalen – Practice Manager, AFR Poverty Team
- Simeon Ehui, Manager, Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank
- Aparajita Goyal, Senior Economist, Poverty and Equity Global Practice, World Bank
- Holger A. Kray, Lead Economist, Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank
FEATURING CLIENT VOICES
- Hon. Dela Sowah, Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ghana
- Hon. Momodu Kargbo, Minister of Finance, Sierra Leone
- Hon. Henri Eyebe Ayissi, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cameroon
- Hon. Ouro-Koura Agadazi, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Water, Togo
- Voices from farmers and youth