African Economic Outlook


The African Economic Outlook dataset provides data and analysis of 53 African economies. Each country profile is generated by an expert from a partner institution who meets with and collects data and information from the most important stakeholders in each context.

Main Points

The African Economic Outlook aims to provide policy makers, private sector operators, and researchers with an objective analysis of economic and social developments on the African continent. The report consists of three main parts: an assessment of the position of African in the world economy, country studies on selected African countries and finally, a statistical annex. The report is produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB) the OECD Development Centre, The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

The 2012 African Economic Outlook has 5 Chapters:

Macroeconomic Prospects for Africa. The chapter looks at the demand and supply conditions which are affecting Africa’s growth. It also describes the development of commodity prices and inflationary pressures in African countries and discusses how monetary and fiscal policies have responded to the various challenges.

Foreign Investment, Aid, Remittances and Tax Revenue in Africa. This chapter puts the spotlight on emerging financial trends that Africa can take advantage of and the risks they face.

Trade Policies and Regional Integration in Africa. This chapter explains how Africa’s export trade has changed and what still needs to change.

Human Development in Africa.  This chapter argues that good practices exist and policies can be designed to advance sustainable human development.

Political and Economic Governance in Africa. This chapter reveals the African Economic Outlook’s annual indicators on civil protests and political freedoms and sets out the trends behind them.

The dataset covers most of the African countries

Source: 2012 African Economic Outlook,

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