As of 1 July 2002, this project is no longer run or housed at CID
Emerging Africa Project
"...It is therefore a great source of encouragement and inspiration for us to learn about the 'Emerging Africa' research project housed in the newly-created Center for International Development at Harvard. Its objective of undertaking an appraisal of Africa's economic, social and political history, as well as the problems facing the continent, is timely and greatly welcomed. That it will be doing this in collaboration with African research institutes and scholars, will serve to strengthen and build African intellectual capacity to take charge of its reconstruction and regeneration. I am confident that it will also strengthen and build your own understanding of African reality and your capacity to analyse that reality as part of our shared world."
-- Former South African President Nelson Mandela during a speech given at Harvard, September 1998
Africa faces unique conditions of ecology, geography, and public health that pose deep challenges to the design of strategies for sustainable development. The Emerging Africa project addressed the special, multi-factoral challenges facing the region with the poorest record of economic development in recent history.
The multi-disciplinary approach, which is especially evident in the Emerging Asia study (1997), was an ambitious rethinking of the factors that can contribute to growth and development in Africa, especially given the regionís special stresses of geography, climate, health, and poor infrastructure. Using an extraordinary range of micro and macro data bases, the Center built on longstanding (and growing) expertise in analyzing cross-country and historical data in the areas of economic growth, demography, social sector development and environmental management. There are other important Africa research activities that compliment Emerging Africa work. Especially notable among these are the Africa research program and Africa growth project, both conducted in the Unit for Political Analysis headed by Professor Robert H. Bates.
For a more detailed overview of the Emerging Africa Project, you may also
view the project's brochure as a PDF.
Africa Competitiveness Report 2000/2001: Executive
Lisa D. Cook and Jeffrey D. Sachs, 2001.
Published by the World Economic Forum, the Africa Competitiveness Report is a biennial report providing rankings, analyses, and profiles of African nations and the factors influencing their competitiveness. The Executive Summary was authored by Emerging Africa Project researcher and CID Research Fellow Lisa D. Cook and former CID Director Jeffrey D. Sachs, now at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
Saving in Sub-Saharan Africa
Ernest Aryeetey and Christopher Udry
CID Working Paper No. 38, January 2000
African Land Ecology:
Opportunities and Constraints for Agricultural Development
R. L. Voortman, B. G. J. S. Sonneveld, and M. A. Keyzer
CID Working Paper No. 37, January 2000
The Augmented Solow Model and
the African Growth Debate
Anke E. Hoeffler
CID Working Paper No. 36, January 2000
Characteristics and Behavior
of African Commodity/Product Markets and Market Institutions and Their
Consequences for Economic Growth
Afeikhena Jerome and Olawale Ogunkola
CID Working Paper No. 35, January 2000
Education and Health at the
Household Level in Sub-Saharan Africa
CID Working Paper No. 33, January 2000
Inequality and the Dynamics of
Poverty and Growth
Ali A. Ali and Ibrahim A. Elbadawi
CID Working Paper No. 32, December 1999
Characteristics and Behaviour
of African Factor Markets and Market Institutions and Their Consequences for
Adeola F. Adenikinju and Olugboyega Oyeranti
CID Working Paper No. 31, December 1999
Ethnicity, Capital Formation,
Robert H. Bates
CID Working Paper No. 27, October 1999
The Changing Global
Distribution of Malaria: A Review
Amar Hamoudi and Jeffrey D. Sachs
CID Working Paper No. 2, March 1999
Geography and Economic
John Luke Gallup and Jeffrey D. Sachs, with Andrew Mellinger
CID Working Paper No. 1, March 1999