BRIEF January 25, 2018

Office of the Chief Economist, Africa Region (AFRCE)

"As countries move towards fiscal adjustment, we need to protect the right conditions for investment so that Sub-Saharan African countries achieve a more robust recovery."
Albert G. Zeufack
World Bank Chief Economist for Africa

The Office of the Chief Economist in the Africa Region (AFRCE) seeks to generate knowledge on policy and institutional reforms in Sub-Saharan Africa. It produces and oversees the production of research articles and reports on the most pressing development issues facing the continent. One of AFRCE's most important functions is to foster a community of economists interested in Sub-Saharan Africa, within the World Bank and on the continent. 

Periodicals Knowledge Products

  • Africa’s Pulse: A bi-annual publication with analysis on the short term economic prospects for the continent and current development challenges.
  • Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA): This index measures and tracks the strength of policies and institutions in IDA-eligible countries since 1980.
  • Africa Research Newsletter: A newsletter featuring World Bank research and analysis on development issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Africa Macro-Financial Monitoring Report (every two weeks).


  • Africa Region Gender Innovation Lab (GIL): Identifies scalable solutions for women’s economic empowerment in Africa
  • Africa Economics Seminar Series: An opportunity to interact, debate and discuss the latest research presented by leading academics working on topics that are relevant to the work we do.
  • Africa Regional Studies Program : The World Bank’s main vehicle to produce high quality research and analysis on Africa’s development challenges. Several Africa Regional Studies are published as books in the Africa Development Forum Series, the premier collection of World Bank research on Africa, a collaboration with Agence Française de Developpement and the World Bank.
  • Think Africa Partnership: A knowledge platform for economic transformation and growth in Africa”.


  • Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) June 14-15, 2018: A platform for scholars from all over the world to gather and discuss ways to promote economic growth and reduce poverty for people across Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Africa Knowledge Fest: An event aimed at sharing evidence and analysis through dissemination of the most recent and relevant knowledge products.
  • State of the Region: An event to share the most recent economic trends in Africa with delegations attending Spring and Annual Meetings.

Recent Publications and Reports






Macroeconomic and Poverty Outlooks

These two-page Macroeconomic and Poverty Outlooks are jointly produced by the Poverty and Macroeconomics & Fiscal Management Global Practices of the World Bank.

Each country note includes:

  • an overview of recent macroeconomic and poverty developments; 
  • the outlook, including forecasts for major macroeconomic variables in 2016-18; 
  • and a brief discussion of critical challenges for economic growth, macro stability, and poverty reduction moving forward.