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Office of the Chief Economist, Africa Region

ECONOMIC UPDATE April 13, 2022

Africa’s Pulse: Boosting Resilience Through Social Protection

Since emerging from its first recession in 25 years, economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is estimated at 4% in 2021, up by 0.7 percentage point from the October 2021 projections, and up from -2.0% in 2020. However, growth recovery in the region has slowed in the second half of 2021 due to the impact of the Delta COVID-19 variant, elevated debt levels in many countries, lingering supply bottlenecks, the plateauing of metal and mineral prices, rising inflation and tightening financial conditions.

REPORT March 24, 2022

Boosting Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa : Policies and Institutions to Promote Efficiency

This volume focuses on resource misallocation in Sub-Saharan Africa and its impact on productivity levels and growth as compared to other regions. In assessing the implication of production decisions across agricultural farms and manufacturing firms, the evidence shows that they are particularly plagued by severe resource misallocation.

REPORT January 27, 2022


CPIA score for Sub-Saharan Africa’s IDA countries in 2020 was recorded at 3.1, the same as in 2019. For IDA countries in East and Southern Africa and West and Central Africa, the overall average CPIA scores remained at 3.0 and 3.2, respectively. The overall average CPIA score in 2020 increased in seven countries in 2020, while it fell in five countries.

PUBLICATION February 10, 2022

Africa in the New Trade Environment: Market Access in Troubled Times (2022)

This book analyzes the trade track ahead for Africa and recommends the kind of aerodynamics, tires, and engine that the region needs to succeed. The book offers a three-pronged policy approach to bolster Africa’s market access in the current global trade environment: evaluate and re-engineer trade with traditional partners, the United States and the European Union strategically diversify trade with Asia; and look inward to deepen regional trade integration.

REGIONAL STUDY November 23, 2021

Industrialization in Sub-Saharan Africa: Seizing Opportunities in Global Value Chains (2021)

This report shows that manufacturing represents a viable path to structural transformation through GVC integration. While countries are relatively well-integrated into GVCs, there is a need for strengthening linkages by increasing value-added to current exports and strategizing to upgrade into high value-added industries.

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