Can the SDGs Promote Structural Transformation in Africa? An Empirical Analysis

Development, Volume 58, Issue 4, pp 473-491, 2015

11 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2017 Last revised: 31 Jan 2018

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Bartholomew K. Armah

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Seung Jin Baek

United Nations

Date Written: November 18, 2015

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.

Keywords: Sustainable development, Structural transformation, Panel data, Factor analysis, Africa

JEL Classification: C3, L16, O55, Q01

Suggested Citation

Armah, Bartholomew K. and Baek, Seung Jin, Can the SDGs Promote Structural Transformation in Africa? An Empirical Analysis (November 18, 2015). Development, Volume 58, Issue 4, pp 473-491, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2867822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2867822

Bartholomew K. Armah

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa ( email )

Addis Ababa
Ethiopia

Seung Jin Baek (Contact Author)

United Nations ( email )

Kuwait

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