Economic Diversification in Africa

A Review of Selected Countries

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This study provides an empirical review of the role of governments, the private sector, regional economic institutions and the broader international community in driving economic diversification. Individual case studies of five African economies describe both the catalysts of and barriers to diversification. The study is published jointly by the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (UN-OSAA) and the NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative.



The original draft of this study was prepared by John HE Maré, a South Africa-based consultant. Subsequent updates have been undertaken and comments and suggestions have been provided by Kerri Elgar, Said Kechida, Dambudzo Muzenda and Mike Pfister (NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative), and Olivier Schwank , Katrin Toomel and Juliet Wasswa-Mugambwa (UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa). The study also benefited from comments by Ben Idrissa Ouedraogo and David Wright, (UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa). Carol Sakubita (UN OSAA) provided logistic support. The work was carried out under the overall direction and guidance of David Mehdi Hamam, Chief, Policy Analysis and Monitoring Unit, UN OSAA and Karim Dahou, Executive Manager, NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative.


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