Can the SDGs promote structural transformation in Africa? an empirical analysis

Bartholomew Armah, Seung Jin Baek

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Abstract

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 has refocused global attention on the centrality of sustainability to the development discourse. Meanwhile, African countries are prioritizing structural transformation in their national and continental development programmes to promote employment through commodity-based industrialization. How will efforts to promote economic, social and environmental sustainability influence Africa’s agenda for structural transformation? Using panel data for of 29 African countries for the period 1995–2011, this article empirically analyzes the impact of economic, social and environmental sustainability on structural transformation in Africa. Our findings indicate that structural transformation is optimized when policy interventions adopt an integrated approach to sustainable development that takes into account all of its dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-491
Number of pages19
JournalDevelopment
Volume58
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • sustainable development
  • structural transformation
  • panel data
  • factor analysis
  • Africa

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