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Economic Report on Africa 2005

Meeting the Challenges of Unemployment and Poverty in Africa

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With the highest incidence of poverty in the world, Africa urgently needs to create more employment and thus tackle the scourge of hunger, malnutrition and the overall low living standards the continent continues to witness. In addition to its traditional role of reviewing Africa’s economic performance over the preceding year, and projecting medium-term prospects for the continent, this year’s Economic Report on Africa, the sixth in an annual series, provides a detailed analysis of the challenges of unemployment and poverty reduction, key issues at the heart of the debate on Africa’s development.

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Acknowledgements

Thisreport was prepared under the general supervision of the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), K. Y. Amoako. Augustin Fosu, Director of the Economic and Social Policy Division (ESPD), UNECA, guided the team that produced the report. Led by Shamika Sirimanne and Janvier Désiré Nkurunziza, this team included the following ESPD personnel: Maria Delfina Alcaide, Bartholomew Armah,Mamadou Bal,DerreseDegefa,MamadouDiagne, Adam Elhiraika, Adrian Gauci, Workie Mitiku, Sumit Roy, Vanessa Steinmeyer, Reto thoenen and Susanna Wolf. The report also owes special thanks to Josué Dioné, Director of the Sustainable Development Division (SDD), who co-authored Chapter 4 of the publication with Joan Kagwanja.The team appreciates the editorial assistance provided by Cristina Müller and secretarial support by Asnaketch Made.

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