Launch of Africa Development Indicators 2010 World Bank Report
Shanta Deverajan, Chief Economist for Africa, World Bank
Jorge Saba Arbache, Director, Africa Development Indicators Project
Respondent: Joel Kibazo, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Trisha Rogers, Chatham House Council
This is the global launch of Africa Development Indicators 2010, an annual World Bank publication containing the most detailed collection of current data on Africa available in one volume. The report contains more than 450 macroeconomic, sectoral and social indicators covering 53 African countries. This year's themed essay included in the report covers the issue of 'quiet corruption'. Corruption in development goes beyond bribes and graft and affects health, education, agriculture and the private sector. Issues such as teacher absenteeism and deliberate tampering with products like fertilizers have their own pernicious role in prolonging poverty.