2017 media monitoring report

Key events such as the launch of ACET’s flagship publication, together with our engagement with major policy initiatives and our production of cutting edge research created considerable media buzz during 2017. 

by | Dec 22, 2017

A stakeholder pores over the ACET flagship report during a lunch event in October.

From January to December 2017, ACET was mentioned in a total of 365 monitored news sources. Stories picked up were on trade and industrialization, private investment, financial inclusion, development models, agricultural transformation, extractives, external development finance, entrepreneurial skills and youth employment, and economic transformation.

Major media that quoted ACET were the Economist, the Guardian newspaper, the BBC, France 24, Radio France Internationale, Xinhua, Jeune Afrique, the Nigerian Tribune, Sourcing Journal, Quartz Africa, Business Day, Le Matin.ma, MSN News, Daily Times, Agence France Presse, All Africa.com, Graphic Online, Business and Financial Times, and the Daily Guide. ACET also featured on the websites of partner institutions including the World Bank, the Wilson Center, and the Initiative for Global Development, while major personalities such as Kofi Annan and Joseph Stiglitz commended ACET’s work on agriculture.

Headlines on Agriculture Powering Africa’s Economic Transformation generated media buzz worldwide.

Stories monitored were in English, French, Japanese and Chinese. Key stories captured included “All that glitters: Ghana battles illegal mining”. Stories under this headline highlighted the need to protect the environment in the wake of illegal mining in Ghana. The launch of ACET’s flagship report, Agriculture Powering Africa’s Economic Transformation, generated media buzz worldwide. The emphasis was on transformation from small-scale subsistence farms to mechanised and commercialised farms in Africa. Stories also highlighted the need to introduce reforms and programmes to support and make farming a paying business, to create employment for the growing number of youth on the continent. Media stories on “The Compact with Africa Ministerial meeting”, emphasized the need for the Compact countries to reform the public sector to attract foreign direct investment. There were stories on increasing domestic resource mobilization in Africa and looking beyond aid in the wake of the dwindling aid flows from external donors. The launch of the Ghana National Suppliers Development Programme, also received media attention. Stories captured under the headline “$80bn lost annually in Africa through illicit financial flows – Kojo Busia” pointed out the need for government to check illicit financial flows and tax exemptions in the extractive industries.

“$80bn lost annually in Africa through illicit financial flows – Kojo Busia”

Primary drivers of media coverage included the launch of the African Transformation Report 2017 (ATR 2017) in Gaborone and Washington DC, the G20 Compact with Africa Ministerial meeting, as well as remarks by ACET’s Chief Economist, Dr. Yaw Ansu, ACET’s President, Dr. K.Y. Amoako, and its Director, of Policy Engagement, Dr. Edward Brown. Interviews with ACET research analysts, Maame Esi Eshun and George Boateng, also received prominence.

The link below provides detailed monitoring of ‘ACET in the news’ stories:


ACET Publications

ACET published 26 documents including four reports and 21 blogs and articles. Take a look by visiting ACET’s main site here.


Issue 1 stories

December Issue

Take a look at all our stories in this December 2017 issue. 


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