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From ideas to actions for a better Africa

Under the revised framework, the Commission plans to actively engage the private sector as a key partner for Africa’s development. To accelerate growth and achieve the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063, Africa needs to increase its productivity, leverage more financing and support innovation. The private sector can help deliver on this. ECA will, therefore, deepen its collaboration with the private sector to help improve the overall private sector enabling the environment. In addition to ongoing activities, the Commission will also work with member States in both the normative and practical aspects of State-building through robust governance systems, which should include focusing on conflict and post-conflict countries with the aim of building their resilience and thereby preventing further crises, as well as attacking issues of poverty and inequality.

ECA’s thematic areas of focus:

  • Macroeconomic policy and governance
  • Regional Integration and Trade
  • Private sector development and finance
  • Data and statistics
  • Technology, climate change, and natural resource management
  • Gender, Poverty and Social Policy
  • Economic development and planning


The five subregional offices (SROs) of the Commission will, in addition to supporting the implementation of the five strategic directions through the subprogrammes, also specialize in selected thematic areas to ensure a more effective approach to member State support at the subregional level. The capacity and resources of the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) will be strengthened in order to provide the necessary training and policy support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 by member States. The areas of specialization identified for SROs are:

  • SRO-NA: Employment skills and balanced development
  • SRO-WA: Demographic dynamics for development
  • SRO-CA: Economic diversification policy and reforms
  • SRO-EA: Deepening regional integration– towards the implementation of AfCFTA
  • SRO-SA: Inclusive industrialization


Programmatic Clusters

Economic development and planning icon
Focuses on improving public sector management and development planning in support of the structural transformation of member States
Pauvreté, inégalités et politiques sociales
L'objectif de ce programme est de contribuer à la réalisation d’un développement humain et social durable, inclusif et équitable en Afrique.
Égalité des sexes et autonomisation des femmes
Ce programme traitera les questions émergentes ayant une incidence sur la vie des femmes et des filles en Afrique et s’emploiera également à promouvoir et à appuyer les activités des États membres...
Activités sous-régionales de développement
Tackles effectively the development challenges faced by the Member States and regional economic communities in their respective subregions through the five subregional offices, which cover North,...
Technologie, changements climatiques et gestion des ressources naturelles
Soutien à la gestion efficace des ressources naturelles, de réduire les effets négatifs des changements climatiques en s’orientant vers des transitions vertes et un développement résilient au climat...
Macroeconomics and governance Icon
Aide les États membres à accélérer leur transformation économique et leur croissance inclusive par une bonne planification du développement ainsi que par l’amélioration de la gestion macroéconomique...
Private sector development and finance icon
Soutient les États membres dans leurs efforts de croissance et de transformation économiques durables en tirant parti du rôle et des ressources du secteur privé, l’accent étant mis sur l’...
Data and statistics
Focuses on improving the production, dissemination, and use of high-quality and comparable data and statistics in Africa to support evidence-based policymaking, planning, implementation, monitoring...

Subregional Offices