IDEAS For Us | July 9, 2014

“Imagining the Future of Africa 2025”; Serge Djohy Wins Essay Competition

IDEAS For Cape Verde Country Director Serge Djohy, Winner of the GDN-UNECA Essay Competition “Imagining the Future of Africa 2025”

The Global Development Network (GDN), in partnership with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the University of Ghana, Legon and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) organized the 15th Annual Conference of GDN on “Structural Transformations in Africa and beyond” in Accra, Ghana, from 18th to 20th June, 2014.

AICC for GDN 2014
GDN 15th Annual Global Development Conference, Accra International Conference Centre (AICC)

Held at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), the three-day conference gathered academics and experts on development issues around the theme: “Structural Transformation in Africa and Beyond.” It aimed at a better understanding of the challenges of and the prospects of structural transformation in Africa, based on transformation experiments in the world in general, and in Asia in particular. The discussions took place around the three sub-themes below:
 Sub-theme 1: Determinants of growth, industrial policy and trade
 Sub-theme 2: Environmental sustainability, natural resource management and structural transformation
 Sub-theme 3: Political, Institutional, Social Transformation and Governance


IDEAS For Cape Verde participated in this world-class event through the Country Director, Serge Djohy, Winner of the essay competition “Imagining the future of Africa 2025.” Laureate proposed a dissertation on the subject: “Africa 2025: between economic growth and sustainable development”

L. Alan Winters CB, Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex and Chairman of the GDN Board, congratulates Serge Djohy, Winner of 2014 GDN-UNECA Competition

Through this competition, GDN and UNECA gave voice to African youth aged between 21 to 29 years, to invent the future of Africa 2025, especially, by asking the following questions: What is the future of development in Africa? How will Africa of 2025 be different from Africa of 2014? The answers to these questions were structured around economic issues (what level of growth and which jobs for Africa of tomorrow?) environmental challenges (natural resources, agriculture, food security, climate change …) and social transformation (identity, migration, urbanization …)


This meeting was also an opportunity for the winner to share with international experts the vision of the IDEAS Movement for the Global Sustainable Development.