Viewpoint: Cooperating in Africa's sustainable structural transformation: Policymaking capacity and the role of emerging economies

Seung Jin Baek

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Most African countries today are pursuing one or both of the following policy agendas as they strive towards a sustainable transition: 1) a global normative agenda moving away from traditional patterns of economic growth and toward a greater emphasis on sustainable development (2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development), and 2) a regional context-dependent development policy agenda that entails the achievement of a more radical structural transformation (Agenda 2063). Having identified these two overlapping policy agendas, both of which are aimed at moving away from an exclusive focus on economic growth, this article explores these development viewpoints with particular focus on capacity building in policymaking (the non-financial aspect), and the need for these to be further supported by more aggressive global partnership efforts (the financial aspect). By doing so, we are able to examine some transformation experiences in Africa as well as policy options that envisage greater inclusiveness, equality and sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-434
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Development Planning Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2019


  • 2030 agenda for sustainable development
  • Africa
  • Agenda 2063
  • China
  • Development planning
  • Global partnership
  • Policymaking capacity
  • SDGs
  • Structural transformation
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development

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