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Office of the Chief Economist, Africa Region

ECONOMIC UPDATE October 4, 2022

Africa’s Pulse: Food System Opportunities in a Turbulent Time

Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is set to decelerate from 4.1% in 2021 to 3.3% in 2022, as a result of a slowdown in global growth, rising inflation exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, adverse weather conditions, a tightening in global financial conditions, and the rising risk of debt distress. These trends compromise poverty reduction, already set back by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CPIA Africa (2022)

The Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA) Africa 2022 report provides an assessment of the quality of policies and institutions for the calendar year 2021 in all 39 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa that are International Development Association (IDA)–eligible. The report provides scores in four areas: economic management, structural policies, social inclusion and equity policies, and public sector management and institutions.

Income Inequality in Africa

This note argues that Africa has not seen significant declines in inequality within countries since 2000. In contrast, inequality between countries has dropped, as poor countries have systematically grown faster, in per capita terms, than richer ones since 2000.

The Office of the Chief Economist in the Africa Region (AFRCE) generates timely and relevant knowledge on policy and institutional reforms in Sub-Saharan Africa. It produces research articles and reports on the most pressing development issues facing the continent and fosters a community of economists interested in Sub-Saharan Africa, within the World Bank and on the continent.

Our work revolves around four pillars:

  1. Knowledge Generation: We seek to bring the best possible knowledge to bear on policy and institutional reforms in Sub-Saharan Africa through the production and oversight of research articles and reports on the most pressing development issues facing the continent. 
  2. Knowledge Outreach: We provide regular opportunities for leading researchers and policy makers to interact, debate and discuss research and policy issues relevant to economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa.   
  3. Linking Knowledge to Operations: We guide the production and implementation of the World Bank’s strategy of assistance for the Africa Region.  In addition to producing analytical and advisory products, and providing inputs to lending operations, the Chief Economist chairs supports WBG country office teams by chairing reviews of country analytical products and hosting policy dialogues.
  4. Building Capacity: Through our initiatives and fellowship programs we collaborate and partner with governments, think tanks, and academic institutions in Africa to facilitate economic development of the region.

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Rose-Claire Pakabomba
Office of the Chief Economist in Africa