Investment policy

NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative


The NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative:

  • strengthens the capacity of African countries to design and implement reforms that improve their business climate
  • raises the profile of Africa as an investment destination while facilitating regional cooperation and highlighting the African perspective in international dialogue on investment policies 

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UN-OSAA, OECD and NEPAD partnership

Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, NEPAD Chief Executive Officer
and Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General


OECD Investment Policy Reviews

The Initiative works with African countries to strengthen their business climate by undertaking comprehensive reviews of investment policy with a view to enacting policy reforms which attract more and better investment.  

Botswana 2014

Mauritius 2014

Mozambique 2013

Nigeria 2015

Tanzania 2013

Tunisia 2012

Zambia 2012 

Investment in Africa's agriculture

Many African countries are attractive destinations for agricultural investment. The Initiative supports efforts by African governments to strengthen their capacities to design policies that will enhance the development returns of more and better investment in the sector.

In this context, Burkina Faso undertook a sector review of their agricultural policies based on the Policy Framework for Investment in Agriculture. This review was designed to assist the government in developing an integrated policy framework to benefit from investment in agriculture.

West Africa - promoting responsible investment in agriculture

In partnership with the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC), the Initiative is developing a policy framework for assessing West African countries’ policies to promote responsible business conduct along agricultural supply chains.

Investment in Africa's infrastructure

Aid for Investment in Infrastructure

This project focused on how development aid can catalyse investment. A report released in May 2012 analyses how aid can leverage private investment in Africa’s infrastructure sectors. This report was developed in partnership with the Development Assistance Committee.

Addressing policy impediments to private investment in African infrastructure

As a first step to publishing a policy paper proposing actionable reforms for African governments to help increase private investment in infrastructure, in July 2014, the OECD and the AfDB organised a seminar to investigate how changes made in key policy areas can help generate more and better private investment in the sector. See also Policy impediments to infrastructure investment in Southern Africa.


Investment policy in Southern Africa

The unlocking investment potential in Southern Africa project supports Southern African governments to identify and implement concrete policy reforms that strengthen the investment climate.

Regional Investment Policy Framework for the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Working with SADC member states, the Initiative is developing the SADC Regional Investment Policy Framework which aims to facilitate regional co-ordination and exploit economies of scale in improving investment frameworks and policies. The framework is due to be finalised in Q4 2015.

Public-private partnerships in Tunisia 

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) can play an important role for inclusive and sustainable growth in Tunisia. Towards this end the Government of Tunisia is working with the OECD to operationalise the country's forthcoming PPP law, designed to promote transparency, efficiency and effectiveness of public spending, and to help the government of Tunisia meet its public policy objectives. 

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UN-OECD-NEPAD policy briefs on Africa

These policy briefs provide an overview of key economic and development issues affecting Africa. They have been jointly produced by the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (OSAA) and the NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative for African policymakers and their development partners. 


Economic diversification in Africa: A review of selected countries, UN-OECD-NEPAD (2011)

This study recommends further diversification of African economies to reduce reliance on natural resource revenues and encourage sustainable growth in other strategic sectors such as agriculture, tourism and telecommunications. It presents case studies of 5 African countries - Angola, Benin, Kenya, South Africa and Tunisia.



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