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African Union flag | Creative Industries AfricaThe African Union (AU) is a union consisting of 54 African states. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. The AU was established on 26 May 2001 in Addis Ababa and launched on 9 July 2002 in South Africa to replace the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The most important decisions of the AU are made by the Assembly of the African Union, a semi-annual meeting of the heads of state and government of its member states. The AU’s secretariat, the African Union Commission, is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


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Capacity Building Programme in Africa

UNESCO has launched a Pilot Capacity-Building Programme in 2012. The Programme is part of a long-term strategic investment to provide countries with the tools, capacities and expertise they need to implement the Convention and to develop effective policies for their cultural and creative sectors. The Programme targets key areas requiring specialized technical support, developing tailor-made solutions that meet national needs and contexts. It is also serving to create exciting synergies between key leaders in the cultural field, and to identify potential areas for future scale-up or action. Partnerships, information exchange, and the establishment of a network of local experts on the Convention are central priorities of the Pilot Programme in recognition of the importance of building up national technical and institutional capacity to boost the production, promotion, distribution and enjoyment of cultural expressions in Africa.

Africa Renewal

The Africa Renewal information programme, produced by the Africa Section of the United Nations Department of Public Information, provides up-to-date information and analysis of the major economic and development challenges facing Africa today. Among the major items it produces is the renowned magazine, Africa Renewal (formerly Africa Recovery), which first appeared in 1987. It also produces a range of public information materials, including backgrounders, press releases and feature articles. It works with the media in Africa and beyond to promote the work of the United Nations, Africa and the international community to bring peace and development to Africa.

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Experience Africa

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) has developed the program “Experience Africa” to promote social and economic development within Africa, and to strengthen relations between cultural groups and nation states on the continent. At the global level, the program works to promote stronger political, economic, and cultural links between Africa and other regions.

The challenges and opportunities facing the African continent have been widely acknowledged and discussed by commentators across the world. At the domestic level, African states are under pressure to improve social and economic development, in particular with regards to education, healthcare, and infrastructure. At the regional and global levels they must address issues of political instability, international trade imbalances, and a comparatively weak influence in global politics and economics.

These challenges are accompanied by opportunities, however. The African continent is not only the world’s largest and second most populous, but also has an abundance of natural resources: A key foundation for increasing economic influence at the global level. Furthermore, as one of the world’s most diverse regions, Africa has tremendous potential to develop its tourist industries and to do so in environmentally sustainable manner.
Global Trends in Creative Economies in Africa

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Economic Report on Africa 2014

Dynamic Industrial Policy in Africa: Innovative Institutions, Effective Processes and Flexible Mechanisms
Economic Report on Africa 2014 | Creative Industries AfricaAfrican countries require high and sustained economic growth to make significant progress in reducing poverty, generating employment opportunities for young people and engendering development. No country has achieved rapid and sustained economic growth without structural transformation, generally characterized by the movement of production from low to high productivity activities and sectors. A prosperous and expanding industrial sector including more manufacturing and resource processing is crucial for the structural transformation of African economies. In spite of the continent’s huge untapped human resources and natural endowments and more than a decade growth turnaround, the lack of structural change has limited Africa’s long-term growth prospects as well as the impact of growth on social development. As the 2013 edition of this report argued promoting greater industrial diversity and sophistication in Africa requires increased value addition and processing of primary commodities. Progress in industrialization and structural transformation across African countries, however, remains mixed and generally limited. In particular, the manufacturing sector in Africa remains rather small and has been on the decline in several countries in terms of its share in GDP. Most African economies are commodity based and tend to export primary commodities with little processing or value added. While this can lead to higher growth when commodity prices are rising, it is not likely to be sustainable nor does it lead to the type of structural transformation needed in Africa.

Member states

In alphabetical order
Burkina Faso
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Democratic Republic of Congo
Equatorial Guinea
Sao Tome & Principe
Sierra Leone
South Africa
South Sudan
Western Sahara