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Cities for an emerging Senegal

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With almost half of its population living in urban areas, Senegal is ahead of Sub-Saharan Africa’s average urbanization rate of 40%. Senegal’s urban population has almost doubled in the last few decades, rising from 23% in 1960 to 43% in 2013, and is projected to reach 60% by 2030. This growth comes with immense challenges, but also constitutes an opportunity for Senegalese policymakers to structurally transform the Senegalese economy.

Pourquoi la Banque mondiale soutient la Côte d’Ivoire ?

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5 milliards de dollars USD (soit 2500 milliards F CFA),  sur les 15,4 milliards promis par la communauté internationale le 17 Mai 2016 à Paris à l’issue de la première journée du Groupe Consultatif sur la Côte d’ivoire. Telle est la somme que le Groupe de la Banque mondiale (IDA, IFC, MIGA) va engager pour financer le  second Plan National de Développement (PND)  ivoirien couvrant la période  2016-2020.  Il s’agit du double de la somme engagée au cours de la période précédente (2012-2016), preuve, s’il en faut, que la Banque mondiale est plus que jamais déterminée à accompagner le pays sur la voie de l’émergence.  Ce nouveau cadre de partenariat entre notre institution et la Côte d’Ivoire marque un tournant important.

Why is the World Bank providing support to Côte d’Ivoire?

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Of the total US$15.4 billion pledged by the international community at the end of the first day of the meeting of the Consultative Group on Côte d’Ivoire held on May 17, 2016 in Paris, the World Bank Group (IDA, IFC, MIGA) will commit the sum of US$5 billion (CFAF 2500 billion) to finance Côte d’Ivoire’s Second National Development Plan (NDP) covering the period 2016-2020.  This amount is double the sum allocated during the previous period (2012-2016), proof—if any were needed—that the World Bank is more than ever committed to helping Côte d’Ivoire achieve emerging country status. This new country partnership framework between the World Bank Group and Côte d’Ivoire is an important milestone.  

Faire de la géographie un atout pour le Bénin

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Crédit: Arne Hoel/World Bank

Dans la lignée de grands économistes, le nouveau gouvernement du Bénin pourrait s'inspirer de sa situation géographique pour propulser le pays sur la voie de l’émergence.
 
Pour l'économiste Jeffrey Sachs, professeur à l’Université de Columbia à New York, si la majorité des pays tropicaux n'ont pas réussi leur décollage économique, c’est à cause de leur climat qui a facilité la propagation de maladies épidémiques. L'économiste Paul Collier, professeur à l'Université d'Oxford, explique le retard économique de l'Afrique Sub-Saharienne par le fait qu’un nombre disproportionné d’habitants vivent éloignés des océans et donc des marchés mondiaux. Enfin, le célèbre historien français Fernand Braudel rappelait que les villes ne sont devenues des foyers de croissance économique qu’à partir du moment où elles ont commencé à abriter des industries de transformation, facteur encore souvent absent en Afrique.

The future of Benin will be shaped by its geography

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Photo Credit: Arne Hoel/World Bank


Following a long tradition of economists, the newly-elected government in Benin can gain inspiration from geography. For economist Jeffrey Sachs, university professor at New York’s Columbia University, many tropical countries have failed to grow because their hot climate facilitated the propagation of epidemic diseases. Economist Paul Collier, professor of economics and public policy in the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxfod, has argued that Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is lagging because of its disproportionate number of people living far from the ocean and thus from global markets.  Similarly, French historian Fernand Braudel’s work  reminds us that many urban centers only became “true” drivers of growth when they were able to host processing industries, which are usually absent in Africa.

Three myths about China in Kenya

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In recent years, China’s presence in sub-Saharan Africa has risen rapidly. Many fear that China spells doom for the Kenyan economy. Producers of manufactured goods, for example, face more competition from China in both foreign and domestic markets. Others argue that China will exploit Kenya’s resources and leave it unable to industrialize. If the manufacturing sector fails to take off, it will be harder to move people out of poverty.

Is living in African cities expensive?

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A comparison of costs of living across major cities in the world regularly intrigues people. The latest annual report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), for example, points to Singapore as the most expensive city to live in. The cheapest city in the ranking of 133 cities is Lusaka in Zambia, followed by two Indian cities Bangalore and Mumbai.

L’accès universel aux services financiers d’ici 2020 ? L’Afrique subsaharienne, un exemple à suivre

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La Banque mondiale se fixe un objectif ambitieux : garantir l’accès universel aux services financiers formels d’ici 2020. Même si 700 millions de personnes disposent d’un compte bancaire depuis 2011, environ deux milliards ne sont toujours pas bancarisées (a). À l’heure où la Banque mondiale cherche à développer l’inclusion financière dans le monde entier, elle devrait prendre exemple sur l’Afrique subsaharienne.

Universal financial access by 2020? Look to Africa for inspiration

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The World Bank (WB) has set an ambitious goal of securing universal access to formal financial services by 2020. Although 700 million people have signed up for a bank account since 2011, about two billion worldwide remain unbanked. As the WB seeks to expand worldwide financial inclusion, it should look to Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) for inspiration.

Disruptive innovation: The most viable strategy for economic development in Africa

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Without question, Africa is the poorest region in the world. The chart below shows the growth of gross domestic product (GDP) per person – an imperfect but widely used measure – for Africa and the rest of the world. Not only is the rest of the world six times richer than Africa, GDP per person has grown at a faster rate. These numbers are significant because they do not simply represent the macro-economic realities that governments in African countries must manage; they also translate to the circumstances in which millions of people live their lives.

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