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Africa's Pulse: Climate Change Adaptation and Economic Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa

October 6, 2021


Economic recovery in Africa remains fragile as countries continue to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, now exacerbated by emerging variants and vaccine inequity and hesitation that further burden vulnerable systems and undermine performance. At the same time, Africa remains disproportionately impacted by the devastating effects of climate change. Despite these challenges, African countries have seized the opportunity to foster structural and macroeconomic reforms. Still, the region needs significant additional financing to counter the effects of the pandemic, address the climate crisis, and sustain a robust and inclusive recovery.

Join World Bank Africa Chief Economist Albert Zeufack for the launch of the October 2021 edition of Africa’s Pulse, the region’s biannual macroeconomic analysis. In a conversation with youth advocates, Zeufack will discuss climate change as a source of economic transformation in the region, the role that young Africans have played in addressing climate change, and what African countries need most in terms of long-term support.

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    Albert Zeufack


    Albert Zeufack, a Cameroonian national, is the World Bank Chief Economist for the Africa Region. He joined the World Bank in 1997 as a research economist in the macroeconomics division of the Research Department. Since then, he has held several positions in the East Asia and Pacific region, as well as in the Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice with a particular focus on Africa, Europe and Central Asia. Mr. Zeufack’s main research interest is the micro-foundations of macroeconomics. Prior to his appointment as Chief Economist, he was Practice Manager in the Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice and leader of the World Bank-wide Community of Practice for the Management of Natural Resources Rents, a group interested in sovereign wealth, fiscal rules, public spending patterns, and macro-modeling in natural resource-rich economies. Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Zeufack taught economics and applied econometrics at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France, where he received his Ph.D. in economics. He holds a master’s degree in economic analysis and policy from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon.


    Cynthia Nyongesa

    Youth Advocate, UNICEF, Kenya

    Cynthia Nyongesa is a Youth Advocate at UNICEF-Kenya, where she is a member of the Communications, Advocacy and Partnerships team. In 2020, she was recognized as one of the Top 35 Under 35 in Kenya by the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs and the Youth Agenda. Her personal blog, “Cynthia Untamed,” amplifies the stories of young changemakers and influencers in Africa to inspire young people. A Generation Unlimited Youth Ambassador, Ms. Nyongesa believes that transforming the education system equips learners with the skills to be innovative. She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi and a Professional Diploma in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.