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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:


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:


Programmatic Clusters

The objective of this program is to contribute to the achievement of sustainable, inclusive and equitable human and social development in Africa.
Regional integration and trade
Focuses on the central role of achieving effective regional cooperation and economic integration among member States by supporting efforts to deepen regional markets, boost intra-African trade and...
Gender equality and the empowerment of women icon
Our programme aims to support member States in their efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment in every sphere of life. We support member States in accelerating the implementation of...
Subregional activities for development
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,...
Economic development and planning icon
Focuses on improving public sector management and development planning in support of the structural transformation of member States
Technology, climate change and natural resource management icon
Supports the efficient management of natural resource endowments; reducing the negative impacts of climate change by moving towards green transitions and climate-resilient development and harnessing...
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...
Private sector development and finance icon
Supports member States in their endeavor to achieve accelerated job creation, sustained economic growth and prosperity through leveraging the role and resources of the private sector, promoting...
Macroeconomics and governance Icon
Supports the achievement of Africa’s development agenda through development planning, macroeconomic policy and economic governance, and public finance.

Subregional Offices