Africa's Pulse

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Africa’s Pulse is a biannual publication containing an analysis of the near-term macroeconomic outlook for the region. Each issue also includes a section focusing upon a topic that represents a particular development challenge for the continent. It is produced by the Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region of the World Bank.

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    Africa's Pulse, No. 29, April 2024: Tackling Inequality to Revitalize Growth and Reduce Poverty in Africa
    (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2024-04-08) World Bank
    Economic growth is expected to rebound in Sub-Saharan Africa, supported by increased private consumption and declining inflation in 2024. However, this positive outlook remains fragile due to uncertain global economic conditions, low fiscal buffers, growing debt service obligation, costly external borrowing, and escalating conflict and violence, which continue to weigh on economic activity in the region. Despite the projected boost in growth, the pace of economic expansion in the region remains slow and insufficient to significantly affect poverty reduction. Structural inequality is at the core of these challenges and tackling it can help to restore growth and accelerate poverty reduction. While domestic resource mobilization and support from the international community can help alleviate the region's funding squeeze, investing in human capital, and strengthening local capacity for service delivery can build people's capacity to seize market opportunities. Policies that boost market access by addressing institutional distortions and market imperfections are also critical for fostering inclusive growth.
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    Africa’s Pulse, No. 28, October 2023: Delivering Growth to People through Better Jobs
    (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2023-10-04) World Bank
    Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to slow to 2.5 percent in 2023 from 3.6 percent in 2022. It is projected to increase to 3.7 percent in 2024 and 4.1 percent in 2025. However, in per capita terms, the region is projected to slightly contract over 2015-2025. The region faces many challenges, including a "lost decade" of sluggish growth, persistently low per capita income, mounting fiscal pressures exacerbated by high debt burdens, and an urgent need for job creation. Tackling these multifaceted issues requires comprehensive reforms to promote economic prosperity, reduce poverty, and create sustainable employment opportunities in the region. This will require an ecosystem that facilitates firm entry, stability, growth, and skill development that matches business demand.
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    Africa's Pulse, April 2014 : An Analysis of Issues Shaping Africa's Economic Future
    (Washington, DC, 2014-04) World Bank
    This Africa's pulse newsletter includes the following The economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa remains robust, but growth is vulnerable to lower commodity prices and a slowdown in capital flows, the frequency and strength of growth spurts have increased, and growth has shifted the structure of African economies in favor of the resources and services sectors.
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    Africa's Pulse, October 2012 : An Analysis of Issues Shaping Africa's Economic Future
    (Washington, DC, 2012-10) World Bank
    This Africa's pulse newsletter includes the following headings: Sub-Saharan African countries continue to grow at a steady pace; the region's decade-long economic expansion appears sustainable; and for newly resource-rich countries, strong governance will be key to harnessing resource wealth for development.
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    Africa's Pulse, February 2012 : An Analysis of Issues Shaping Africa's Economic Future
    (Washington, DC, 2012-02) World Bank
    This Africa's pulse newsletter includes the following headings: recent economic trends; global economic developments; and trends and outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa.
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    Africa's Pulse, September 2011 : An Analysis of Issues Shaping Africa's Economic Future
    (Washington, DC, 2011-09) World Bank
    This Africa's pulse newsletter includes the following heading: recent economic trends; and the challenge of employment in Africa: raising the productivity of the informal sector.
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    Africa's Pulse, April 2011 : An Analysis of Issues Shaping Africa's Economic Future
    (Washington, DC, 2011-04) World Bank
    This Africa's pulse newsletter includes the following heading: recent global economic trends and prospects; factors driving the region performance; risk to economic prospects; and rising commodity prices.
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    Africa's Pulse, April 2010 : An Analysis of Trends Shaping Africa's Economic Future
    (Washington, DC, 2010-04) World Bank
    This Africa's pulse newsletter includes the following headings: recent economic trends and prospects; Africa and the millennium development goals; and yes Africa can: success stories from a dynamic continent.