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The African Moment: On the Brink of a Development Breakthrough


  • Pedro Conceição

    (UNDP, Regional Bureau for Africa)

  • Sebastian Levine

    (UNDP, Regional Bureau for Africa)


This paper presents some of the evidence that underlies the recent change in perceptions on African development and we discuss some of the key challenges facing the continent going forward. It intends to generate a debate among UNDP senior managers in Sub-Saharan Africa and aims to make the paper a common point of reference for the Organization’s analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing the continent.

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  • Pedro Conceição & Sebastian Levine, 2011. "The African Moment: On the Brink of a Development Breakthrough," UNDP Africa Policy Notes 2011-001, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa.
  • Handle: RePEc:rac:wpaper:2011-001

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    Sub-Saharan Africa; Economic Development; Poverty Reduction; Millennium Development Goals;

    JEL classification:

    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa


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