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Textile workers at the Fine Spinners clothing factory in Uganda. Jon Rosenthal/Alamy

Many African countries had a surprise manufacturing surge in 2010s – it bodes well for the years ahead

Industrialisation was key to long-term economic growth in the west and Asia. After years of going in the wrong direction, new research suggests that many African countries have seen a turnaround.
A woman walks through a market in Luanda, Angola. People who live in Africa’s cities rely heavily on the informal sector. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Africa’s cities face unique risks. What can be done to manage them?

Most African cities are expensive, informal and non-industrial. This has produced unique socioeconomic and environmental risks that must be carefully considered in policy development.
Many developing countries are highly urbanised but lack large industrial sectors. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Urbanisation in developing countries: a completely different kettle of fish

Developing countries, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa, are urbanising without industrialising, a trajectory that leaves them with relatively higher poverty rates and share of slums.
Zambia’s success in building its food processing sector depends on tapping into procurement strategies of retail chains such as Shoprite. Reuters/Salim Henry

Can Zambia escape the clutches of the resource curse?

Zambia’s drive to build its industrial capabilities has made steady progress. But it runs up against the history of economies that are dominated by mineral resources and landlocked countries.

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