AIP21 Network

The African Industrial Policy in the 21st Century (AIP21) network brings together scholars to share research results and outline a new research agenda in view of developing new thinking for a green and resilient industrial policy in Africa for the 21st century.

The central concern of AIP21 is to understand major development challenges and inform strategies for social and economic transformation on the African continent. It starts from the premise that understanding power through a political economy lens is critical to analyze the main developments. Sustainability and pandemic resilience for African countries requires building production capabilities for inclusive industrialization and implementing market-shaping measures for a green transition.

AIP21 researchers have undertaken detailed analyses of industries, value chains and technologies, within and across African countries, and of the interface between local and international interests in generating and sustaining economic rents. They are at the forefront of advancing theory and knowledge in industrial and agro-industrial development, global value chains and the political economy of industrialization.

The steering committee members of the AIP21 network are based at Copenhagen Business School, University of Johannesburg in South Africa, and the African Centre for Economic Transformation in Accra, Ghana.


African Industrialization and Industrial Policy workshop series 2022-2023, co-funded by DANIDA’s Knowledge in Action grant

The AIP21 Network organized three workshops on the green transition and green industrialization.

The first workshop was held at Copenhagen Business School in June 2022. The workshop included a Public Lecture with Hubert Danso on Investor Opportunities in Green Infrastructure in Africa and a roundtable discussion on the topic ’Roundtable: Can African Countries leapfrog to a Green Industrial Economy?’. Some of the paper presentations were turned into policy briefs and are available here:

"Potential and Pitfalls for African Industrialization in Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railways" by Yunnan Chen

"Electric Vehicles and the Changing Automotive GVC: A Window of Opportunity for African Countries?" by Tobias Wuttke

"Climate Change Mitigation for Late Industrialisers The Role of Technology Intensity in Manufacturing" by Elvis Korku Avenyo & Fiona Tregenna

"How China Came to Dominate the Global EV Lithium-ion Battery Value Chain: Lessons and Opportunities for Africa" by Xieshu Wang

"Current Capabilities and Future Potential of African Textile and Apparel Industries" by Lindsay Whitfield & Chema Triki 

"Supporting E-mobility Start-ups in Africa: A Case Study of Ghana’s Solar Taxi Limited" by Charles Odoom & George Baffour Awuah

"Climate Change and Trade to the EU - Priority Sectors for Policy Intervention in South Africa" by Jason F. Bell, Sumayya Goga & Nishal Robb

The second workshop “Green industrialisation in Africa: The critical issues” was held at the University of Johannesburg in November 2022, and jointly organised by the DSI/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development and the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development with co-funding from the National Research Foundation.

A video of the opening session is available here.

The third workshop on ‘Green industrialization in Africa: Actualizing policy imperatives’ was held in Accra, Ghana on 18-19 May 2023, and organized by the African Center for Economic Transformation. The aim of the workshop was to present the research findings of the AIP21 network and their policy implications to African policymakers and firms across the continent as well as multilateral organizations and to stimulate constructive dialogue on green industrial policies.

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