Africa's Emergence: Promoting Structural Economic Transformation and Human Development

29 Mar 2017

The purpose of this UNDP regional project document is to provide a strategic roadmap to help sub-Saharan Africa countries accelerate human and sustainable development, and eradicate poverty as articulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

Africa achieved a remarkable economic growth performance, averaging about 5.0 percent during 2001 and 2010; a development which made it possible for 26 African countries to be classified as middle-income countries in 2016, against just nine in 2000. In spite of this achievement, the development process remains fragile. This brings to the fore the challenges of structural transformation, underpinned by inclusive and sustainable growth, human development, and the fight against poverty.

To address these challenges, this Project will emphasize strengthening national and regional technical capacities to: (i) design and implement strategies on emergence; and (ii) share good practices in emergence. The overaching objective is to enhance national capacity to diversify the economy, increase economic value addition, create decent work, promote sustainable livelihoods for all segments of the population and foster sustainable modes of production and consumption. 

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