Growth and Structural Change in Africa: Development Strategies for the Learning Economy

  • Bengt-Åke Lundvall
  • Rasmus Lema


Recent press reports suggest that Africa may now be at a turning point in terms of economic growth and development. These reports point out that, although starting from a low base, Africa is now the world’s fastest-growing continent (August, 2013). However, naive optimism on this ground should be avoided (Karuri-Sebina et al., 2012). The recent growth has been concentrated in particular countries and sectors, and the transformation of growth into sustainable social and economic progress will not happen automatically.


African Country Informal Sector Industrial Policy Rich Country Gross National Product 
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