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Africa Regional Integration

African countries are working together to address common challenges and harness their shared strengths to realize the continent’s potential market of 1.2 billion people. The World Bank Group is a key contributor to Africa’s regional integration.

The World Bank is collaborating with African countries and regional institutions to empower people, unleash trade, and optimize shared natural resources and economies of scale to achieve Africa’s transformation.


Harvesting Hope Sep 04, 2023

Small Farmers Take on Food Insecurity

West Africa is facing its worst food crisis in ten years. Cereal prices have increased more than 30% over the past five years. More than ever in the region, the future of agriculture, food security, and development are intertwined.

Jul 13, 2023

WACA Program: Plastic Marine Pollution

In 2018, 17 coastal West African countries generated 6.9 million tons of plastic waste, with Nigeria alone accounting for 4.7 million tons per year. Of this, 20% was produced within 30 km of the coast, with most of it ending up in the ocean.

Jun 30, 2023

Africa’s Solutions Engine – How Centers of Excellence Point to the Continent’...

There is something upliftingly glorious about homegrown solutions. They fill us with a sense of pride, a can-do spirit that makes us feel invincible. They give us hope for the future, knowing that if we could find a solution to one problem, with a bit of elbow greasing, we could solve the next ten.

May 31, 2023

Horn of Africa DRIVE Project

With Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia suffering the impacts of drought, help is coming from the DRIVE Project. The De-risking, Inclusion, and Value Enhancement of Pastoral Economies in the Horn of Africa (DRIVE) Project is working to enable the region to adapt to the impacts of climate change, commercialize livestock production in pastoralist communities, and ensure inclusion of the marginalized and vulnerable groups such as women in the sector.

Event May 30, 2023

High-Level Roundtable on Fertilizers

Leaders and Ministers of agriculture and finance from the West Africa gathered in Lomé on May 30 and 31 for this high-level roundtable.

May 10, 2023

IDA financing

Regional Harmonization and Improvement of Statistics in Western and Central Africa.

Feature story Mar 29, 2023

Pastoral Livestock

A new strategy for countries in the IGAD region is promoting regional collaboration to increase resilience of pastoral livestock.

Blog Feb 14, 2023

Common myths about the Lake Chad region

Located in the subregions of West and Central Africa, the Lake Chad region is a highly heterogenous and socioeconomically integrated area that is experiencing a violent security crisis linked to Boko Haram and affiliated groups.

Blog Mar 08, 2023

Building a Connected Africa: The Path to a Single Digital Market and a ...

A single digital market across Africa will lower barriers to trade and communication. It will make the internet faster and more accessible. Content and services, hosted on local data centers, will be cheaper to download because they won’t go through expensive international connections.

International Women’s Day Mar 05, 2023

Girl Power! Driving Transformation in Western and Central Africa

Empowering women and girls has transformational potential. Gender equality is not only essential for building more inclusive societies, but it can also accelerate progress on a broad number of development goals from human capital and food security to climate change and fragility.

Live Broadcast Feb 17, 2023

African Presidential Roundtable on Securing Africa’s Universal Energy Access

On the margins of the 36th Ordinary Session of the African Union General Assembly taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on February 18-19, 2023, African Heads of State will hold a Presidential Roundtable on Securing Africa’s Universal Energy Access.

Feature Story Feb 08, 2023

Women and Girls in Science: Discover Sally's journey

Across the continent, the ACE program supported by the World Bank is more and more attracting female students.

Blog Feb 01, 2023

Can African trade integration be a game changer?

New World Bank research shows the agreement among 54 countries would likely draw more foreign direct investment, amplifying its benefits

Speech Feb 01, 2023

Financing Africa’s Infrastructure Development

Remarks by World Bank Group President David Malpass at the High-Level Summit on Financing Africa’s Infrastructure Development

Jan 29, 2023

Clean Energy Generation

Chad, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Togo will increase capacity for grid-connected renewable energy.

Jan 10, 2023

Africa is converging

Accelerate regional integration efforts and seize the opportunities of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

Dec 13, 2022

Strengthening Coastal Resilience in West Africa

The Gambia, Ghana, and Guinea-Bissau join the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA).

Dec 11, 2022

Horn of Africa Initiative

Regional solutions to address food insecurity and climate change, and build resilience.

Dec 06, 2022

Addressing food insecurity in West Africa

$50 million additional financing to help improve the resilience of food systems in Sierra Leone.

Dec 04, 2022

Additional Financing to Strengthen Disease Surveillance

$18 million in additional financing to strengthen disease surveillance and epidemic preparedness in West Africa.

Nov 13, 2022

Blue Economy Financing Program

Partners announce $13.5 million in investments and technical assistance for the first World Bank Mangrove Blue Carbon Pilot Program in Africa.

Oct 18, 2022

Equipping Leaders with the Tools for Digital Transformation

Digital technologies offer new avenues for economic growth in Africa by accelerating job creation, supporting access to public services and increasing productivity and innovation.

Oct 14, 2022

The Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE)

The High-Level Meetings with Partners will bring together the ACEs and the most influential decision makers in the development space.

Jun 27, 2022

Free Trade Deal Boosts Africa's Economic Development

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) could be a game changer for Africa’s economic development, delivering jobs, growth, and poverty reduction.

Jul 03, 2021

Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement Project

The project is helping to strengthen health systems for disease surveillance, response, and cross-border collaboration.

Jun 13, 2021

A Virtual Journey into the Sahel

Take a virtual journey to the Sahel to see how regional projects and partnerships are making a positive impact on people, climate, and infrastructure.

Jul 18, 2021

Leveraging the Power of Energy to Light Up Africa

The World Bank is supporting the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) in building interconnection infrastructure and making reforms to develop a regional electricity market.

Jul 17, 2021

Responding to COVID-19 Across the Horn of Africa

Horn of Africa Gateway Development Project is increasing regional connectivity by developing infrastructure, trade, stronger institutions, and human capital.

Africa Regional Integration

Coming together to benefit each other

The World Bank is collaborating with African countries and regional institutions to empower people, unleash trade, and optimize shared natural resources and economies of scale to achieve Africa’s transformation.

Regional integration in action

Meet an exceptional female truck driver in West Africa, Maissata Cisse, also known as Mama Africa. She says “We must be united.”
Meet the new generation of Africa’s scholars learning at Eastern & Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE).