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Governance for Structural Transformation in Africa

  • Adam B. Elhiraika
  • Gamal Ibrahim
  • William Davis


  • Addresses the main challenges that face Africa in terms of economic development

  • Focuses on the importance of institutional effectiveness, combined with robust economic management and governance

  • Considers the necessary structural transformations required for Africa's economic growth


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Adam B. Elhiraika, Gamal Ibrahim, William Davis
    Pages 1-10
  3. Pedro M. G. Martins
    Pages 37-99
  4. Abidemi C. Adegboye, Monday I. Egharevba, Joel Edafe
    Pages 101-143
  5. Rapuluchukwu Efobi Uchenna, Belmondo Tanankem Voufo, Beecroft Ibukun
    Pages 221-249
  6. Jean Balié, Davide Del Prete, Emiliano Magrini, Pierluigi Montalbano, Silvia Nenci
    Pages 251-276
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 315-317

About this book


This book explores how better governance can help Africa to achieve structural transformation (understood to be the reallocation of factors of production across and within sectors to better support inclusive development), which history has shown to be key to sustained, inclusive growth. The book begins with a review of the existing literature on the links between governance and structural transformation and the success or otherwise of various sub regions in achieving structural transformation. It continues with a range of contributors addressing original empirical research on the relationships between different approaches to institutions and trade and industrial policies and structural transformation in Africa. The book makes recommendations for a new approach to governance in Africa that can deliver the structural transformation that the continent needs for Africans to enjoy shared prosperity, poverty reduction and development.


Sustainable development Structural transformation Institutional effectiveness African economics Sub-Saharan Africa Employment Elasticities of Growth Economic Regulation Fiscal incentives Deindustrialisation Trade policy in Africa ECOWAS Trade Bloc African transformations Institutional and governance weaknesses Export promotion agencies Food and agricultural global value chains Multidimensional Fiscal Incentives Regional Trade Integration

Editors and affiliations

  • Adam B. Elhiraika
    • 1
  • Gamal Ibrahim
    • 2
  • William Davis
    • 3
  1. 1.Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)Addis AbabaEthiopia
  2. 2.Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)Addis AbabaEthiopia
  3. 3.Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)Addis AbabaEthiopia

About the editors

Dr Adam Elhiraika is Director of the Macroeconomic Policy Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). His areas of work include macroeconomic policy, development planning, economic governance and finance. Before joining ECA, he taught economics at several universities and worked for the Islamic Development Bank as a research economist. He has published extensively in internationally refereed journals and books. 

Dr Gamal Ibrahim is Chief of the Finance and Private Sector Section of the Macroeconomic Policy Division  of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Dr. Ibrahim has published widely in books and leading economics Journals. His main field of specialization is institutional economics with a particular emphasis on economic governance, finance for development, illicit financial flows and private sector development

William Davis is Economic Affairs Officer with the Macroeconomic Policy Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

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