Deep changes in the world economy require a reassessment of development opportunities for African countries.These include: digitization; the shift to low carbon economies; new protectionism and trade wars in the north; new opportunities for regional integration in Africa; new demand patterns of global middle classes; worldwide shortage of fertile soil; and relocation of low paid jobs away from China.
How do these changes affect the opportunities for sustainable economic development in Africa? Under which political-economic conditions can these opportunities be used to increase prosperity on a broad basis and to strengthen social cohesion? How do these conditions differ from country to country?
Research projects on social cohesion, structural transformation, financial market development, food security, and social transfers, among others, analyse the prospects of African countries through the lens of global mega-trends.
What next for the Economic Partnership Agreements? Thoughts on deepening the EU-Africa trade partnership
Brandi, Clara / Merran Hulse / Niels Keijzer (2017)
Briefing Paper 9/2017