From Chapter 1 of the African Transformation Report
This inaugural issue of the African Transformation Report highlights a subset of 15 Sub-Saharan countries, the ACET 15. Future issues will progressively expand the coverage to include other African countries.
The ACET 15 are Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Nigeria in West Africa; Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda in East Africa; Cameroon in Central Africa; and Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, and Mauritius in Southern Africa. Rather representative, these countries comprise 70% of the population (in 2010), 76% of GDP, 85% of manufacturing value added, 65% of agricultural value added, and 80% of exports. All the subregions of Sub-Saharan Africa are represented (some more than others), as are the major official languages of English, French, and Portuguese. Countries in conflict or recently emerging from conflict are not included, since reconstruction is more pressing in these countries than economic transformation.
Working with local think tanks*, ACET prepared country transformation studies for each of the 15, assessing the transformation record, platform, and prospects.
*Country case studies were conducted by think tanks and researchers in 15 African countries led by:
- Haile Taye and Grace Kgakge of the Botswana Institute for Development Policy and Analysis (Botswana)
- Boubié Bassolet and Idrissa Ouedraogo of Université Ouaga 2 (Burkina Faso)
- Henri Ngoa Tabi of the Center of Research and Studies in Economics and Management and Etienne M.A. Assiga of the Office of the Prime Minister (Cameroon)
- Tadele Ferede of Addis Ababa University and Gebrehiwot Ageba of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (Ethiopia)
- Kofi O. Nti, independent consultant (Ghana)
- Moses Ikiara of the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (Kenya)
- Eric Ng Ping Cheun of PluriConseil Ltd, Mauritius (Mauritius)
- Eduardo Neves and Vasco C. Nhabinde of the Eduardo Mondlane University’s Center for Economics and Management Studies (Mozambique)
- Osita Ogbu of African Development Solutions (and former Economic Advisor to the President and Minister of Planning, Nigeria) and John Adeoti of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Nigeria)
- Dickson Malunda and Serge Musana of the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (Rwanda)
- El Hadji A. Camara of the Consortium pour la Recherche Economique et Sociale (Senegal)
- Haroon Bhorat and Morne Oosthuizen of the University of Cape Town’s Development Policy Research Unit (South Africa)
- H. Bohela Lunogelo and Monica Hangi of the Economic and Social Research Foundation (Tanzania)
- Lawrence Bategeka of the Economic Policy Research Centre (Uganda)
- Caesar C. Cheelo and Lilian Muchimba of the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (Zambia)