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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is reshaping the world of work. While policymakers in the West are struggling to respond, the task facing African governments appears even more daunting. Identifying the right mix of policies for each country will be critical, particularly in view of Africa's economic, political and demographic diversity.That said, policies that look good on paper may not have the intended effects in practice, as our experience working directly with a number of African governments over many years has shown. African governments should also encourage experimentation.To become more adaptive, African governments need to take a top-down approach to setting economic objectives and evaluating efforts to achieve them, while also providing the necessary space for experimentation and learning to allow effective policy ideas to emerge from the bottom.The outside world can play an important role in supporting African governments' efforts to adapt.
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