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29 Mar 2018 description

Addis Ababa, March 29, 2018 (ECA) - Experts in climate information services (CIS) and other related fields from across the continent on Tuesday unanimously agreed CIS has socio-economic benefits (SEB) that are helpful for disaster risk reduction (DRR), in particular supporting Africa’s response to climate change.

The experts attending a two-day validation workshop on analyzing and validating the socio-economic benefits of CIS for disaster reduction, agreed research has proven that climate information services have socio-economic benefits helpful for disaster risk reduction.

14 Nov 2017 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13 November 2017 (ECA) – A two-day High Level Policy Dialogue on Conflict and Development in the Horn of Africa opened Monday in Addis Ababa with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s Peace and Security Director, Ambassador Tewelde Gebremeskel, saying IGAD is at cross-roads as political and economic instabilities continue to be critical causes of conflicts leading to the fragility of states in the region.

09 Nov 2017 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 8 November 2017 (ECA) – The 6th Capitalization Meeting of the European Union-funded Land Governance Program opened in Addis Ababa Wednesday with project implementers meeting to address implementation challenges and advance their knowledge and skills.

The three-day meeting will allow participants to discuss land governance issues in Africa and related issues like the elimination of hunger, poverty, and the sustainable use of natural resources.

07 Jun 2017 description

Monrovia, Liberia, 6 June 2017 (ECA) - “Just last week, some forty young men and women died of thirst in the Sahara Desert, while trying to reach Europe. More than a thousand have perished in the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of this year.” Those were the words of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her remarks during the launch of a High Level Panel on Migration (HLPM) in Africa, which took place on Tuesday in Monrovia.

22 May 2017 description

Addis Ababa, 22 May 2017 (ECA) – The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) is jointly organized a session on “How taking into account climate change can help Africa to pursue better trade policies, with a focus on food security” on the margins of the 20th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis which will take place at Purdue University, Indiana, USA, from 7-9 June under the theme, “Global Economic Analysis in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities”.

02 May 2017 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2 May 2017 (ECA) - AFRI-RES, a unique facility to support climate proofing of Africa’s long-lived infrastructure investments, was given significant impetus with the formal approval of funding of 5 million Euros by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) for its programme activities.

27 Mar 2017 description

Dakar, Senegal, 26 March 2017 (ECA) – A panel discussion on ways of ending AIDS in Africa took place on Sunday in Dakar, Senegal, under the theme, “Ending the AIDS epidemic as an economic investment: Creating human resources in cities and most affected regions.”

The focus on cities owes to urban population density, as explained by Takiwaa Manu, Director of the Social Development Policy Division at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

30 Sep 2015 description

After the MDGs, renewed commitment and financing required to spur Africa’s development

New York, 28 September, 2015 -- Having made encouraging progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), African countries have the opportunity to use the newly launched Sustainable Development Goals to tackle remaining challenges and achieve a development breakthrough, according to a report released here today.

28 Jul 2015 description

Executive Summary

The Ebola virus disease (EBOLA) outbreak in West Africa has the worst death toll since the disease was diagnosed in 1976. It also has far-reaching socioeconomic consequences.

14 Jul 2015 description

Joint Press Release

High Level Panel on

“Harnessing Innovative Financing for Nutrition in Africa”

Third International Conference on Financing for Development

Leaders call for Increased Investment in Nutrition as key to Africa’s Development

18 Nov 2014 description

Addis Ababa, 14 November 2014 (ECA) – Land issues should no longer be considered as too politically sensitive, to the extent that States remain inert and miss out on opportunities to use the indispensable factor of production for the benefit of their people, a landmark policy conference concluded today.

28 Oct 2014 description

Addis Ababa, 27 October 2014 (ECA) - The United Nations and the World Bank are joining forces with regional financial institutions African Union (AU), African Development Bank (AfDB), Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the European Commission (EC) to launch the Horn of Africa Initiative, which will mobilize more than US$8bn over the next several years to promote stability and development in the Horn of Africa.

The initiative will create economic opportunities throughout the region for some of the most vulnerable people, including refugees and their host communities.

26 Aug 2014 description

Addis Ababa, 25 August 2014 – The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) organized by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) on 21 and 22 August 2014 to validate the Communication and Advocacy Strategy of the organization recommended, among others, that networks and coalitions be involved as partners in order to enhance land-related advocacy efforts. This would involve identifying or further facilitating the creation of networks of media, civil society and farmers’ organizations at national, regional, and continental levels, to build support for land reforms in Africa.

04 Apr 2014 description

Abuja, 29 March 2014 (ECA) - The third session of RCM-Africa was chaired by Erastus J. O. Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson, African Union and brought together a panel of presenters who addressed key issues aimed at the implementation of Agenda 2063. The theme of the session was ‘Resilience and Social Development in Regional Integration and AU Agenda 2063’.

Mustapha S. Kaloko, AUC Commissioner for Social Affairs recalled that integration has been a major concern and lies at the heart of the OAU as enshrined in the Abuja Treaty: it is not a new programme – he said.

11 Oct 2013 description

The Cost of Hunger Study in Africa (COHA) is a project led by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, and supported by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). COHA is a multi-country study aimed at estimating the economic and social impacts of child undernutrition in Africa.

29 May 2013 description

Marrakesh, 27 May 2013 –Africa’s agricultural, mining and energy resources could boost the continent’s economic growth and pave the way for a breakthrough in human development, according to the African Economic Outlook 2013, released here today.

29 May 2013 description

Marrakech – Les ressources agricoles, extractives et énergétiques de l’Afrique sont la clef de l’accélération de sa croissance économique ; qui plus est, d’après les Perspectives économiques en Afrique (PEA) publiées aujourd’hui, leur exploitation efficace et équitable pourrait être la solution pour conjuguer croissance économique et développement humain.

17 Jul 2012 description

Sub-Saharan Africa must provide universal access to decent jobs and social services if it is to achieve decisive development progress, according to the report .

This year the report shows that progress has been made in primary school enrolment, gender parity in primary school enrolment, the proportion of seats held by women in national parliament and HIV and AIDS prevalence rates. In spite of this progress, Africa still faces the challenges of addressing pervasive income inequalities, creating decent jobs, access to health and sanitation services.

14 Jun 2012 description


Africa can emerge as a global growth pole as it had become more attractive to foreign investors because of reforms and the resolution of conflicts, Rob Vos, Director of the Development Policy and Analysis Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, today told correspondents at a Headquarters briefing.