About the pillar
Beyond urgent needs, the Africa Center works to foster the long-term industrial and green transformation of the continent through a new Africa business strategy and a strategic partnership in the sectors of industry, services, health, science and technology, and much more. African markets are home to the most dynamic economies of the world and the biggest digital revolution of past decades. A rising number of companies and organizations produce high-quality goods, services, and cutting-edge innovation that greatly influences the global market. The continent’s positive industrial trends linked to digital transformation underline room for continued growth and sustainable development. These success stories should not be isolated but should be supported, scaled, and amplified.
That is why the Africa Center works at highlighting the most innovative financial solutions to cover African needs, from the tools to unlock international markets to the most interesting finance schemes for African business players. Through an African vision of Climate, the Africa Center looks into African solutions for the continent and the rest of the world.
Featured commentary & analysis
AfricaSource Sep 27, 2022
Here’s what a Marshall Plan for the DRC could look like
By Jean-Paul Mvogo
The development progress the DRC witnessed in the 1970s is now lost. A massive economic assistance program equivalent to the Marshall Plan may be necessary to recover what’s been lost.
AfricaSource Jul 8, 2022
Europe’s Green Deal plan is Africa’s green finance opportunity
By Emilie Bel
Can natural gas and nuclear power be green? “Sometimes, and for a limited period of time,” said the European Parliament on July 6, as part of an ongoing negotiation over the EU taxonomy, a key component of the European Green Deal (EGD). The EGD is the European Union’s ambitious plan to create the first emissions-neutral […]
AfricaSource Jun 16, 2022
Better data is the key to unlocking major investment in Africa
By Tom Koch
As COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine continue to hurt the African continent, many countries will require significant investment to revitalize their economies. But a persistent attribute of many African markets will continue to be a barrier to private investment: a relative lack of data. This drives up diligence costs, creates difficulties in valuing assets, […]
AfricaSource Oct 14, 2021
For Africa to go green, the private sector must step up. Could COP26 provide an answer?
By Emilie Bel
The continent possesses an abundance of renewable-energy-production capabilities—but capitalizing on its potential remains a challenge.
AfricaSource Aug 20, 2021
De-risking and transforming institutional capital for impact in Africa: A conversation with Admassu Tadesse and Morten Elkjær
By Africa Center
Mr. Admassu Tadesse, president and CEO of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB), and Mr. Morten Elkjær, vice president for the financial sector and business development at the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU), to discuss de-risking and transforming institutional capital into greater impact in Africa for attractive returns.
AfricaSource Apr 23, 2021
Climate change will not be fixed without Africa
By Rama Yade
When Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi spoke at the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate this week, he had the force of the continent behind him. And his message was that developed countries must do more. As the summit comes to a close, the world still has so much to learn from Africa about how to tackle the climate crisis—if the world would only listen.
AfricaSource Apr 8, 2021
The digital infrastructure imperative in African markets
By Aubrey Hruby
Over the past two decades, Chinese companies have come to dominate the telecom infrastructure landscape in emerging markets. The United States can slow and possibly erode these Chinese gains by promoting innovative US technologies and providing resources to help unleash the second wave of the internet revolution in African countries.
AfricaSource Mar 29, 2021
Africa’s real strategic import for the green economy
By J. Peter Pham
Among its efforts to address climate change, the Biden administration has laid out an ambitious agenda for a clean energy revolution. This will require significant quantities of raw materials. And here the African continent has an important role to play.
Featured research & reports
Report May 14, 2021
Growing green: Catalyzing climate finance in African markets
By Emilie Bel
While African countries are the most impacted by the effects of climate change, the continent is home to an abundance of natural resources and vibrant economic prospects. To face the climate emergency, overcome the economic shock of COVID-19, and ensure that African economic development is sustainable, growth can only be green. However, tapping into Africa’s vast potential will require mobilizing billions in investment for infrastructure.
Issue Brief Apr 28, 2021
Partnering for Africa’s digital future: Opportunities for the United States, South Korea, and India
By Aleksandra Gadzala Tirziu
For Washington, cooperation with emerging powers such as South Korea and India could advance US influence in Africa and could help ensure that Beijing’s digital foothold on the continent does not deepen.
Report Mar 27, 2020
Making the most of Prosper Africa: Leveraging US competitiveness in African markets
By Aubrey Hruby
Global powers are jockeying for access to opportunities in African markets. In this environment, how can the United States ensure US commercial success in Africa?
Issue Brief Apr 20, 2018
3D Printing: Shaping Africa’s Future
By Aleksandra Gadzala
Disruptive technologies—such as the Internet of Things, robotics, and three-dimensional (3D) printing—have been heralded as the future of the global manufacturing sector. However, in Africa, they could hinder industrialization and result in fewer entry points into global supply chains. While it may be possible for African nations to “leapfrog” directly to newer technologies, it is […]
The Africa Center works to promote dynamic geopolitical partnerships with African states and to redirect US and European policy priorities toward strengthening security and bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the continent.