AERC Biannual Research Workshop Announcement
Port Louis, Mauritius, 3-6 June 2018
African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is pleased to announce the next Biannual Research Workshop to be held in Port Louis, Mauritius from 3-6 June 2018. The Biannual is unique – combining learning-by-doing research, peer review, mentoring and networking to build and strengthen the capacity of African researchers. The workshop brings together many economists from around the African continent and globally fulfilling one of our major mandates – to strengthen local capacity for conducting independent, rigorous inquiry into problems facing the management of economies in sub-Saharan Africa
AERC organizes two biannual research workshops annually in June and December.
The 47th Plenary Session
The first day of the workshop, Sunday June 3rd, 2018, will feature the 47th Plenary Session on the theme “Innovation and Incubation for Africa Transformation” followed by three days of five concurrent sessions (June 4-6, 2018) with June 5, 2018 dedicated to technical sessions, where individual researchers interact with resource persons to discuss their presentation and to receive feedback on improving the quality of their research.
The following four plenary papers will be presented and discussed:
- The Role Innovation in Africa’s Development by Dr Domenico Fanizza, African Development Bank, Cote d’Ivoire.
- Barriers to Agricultural Innovation in Northern Ghana by Prof. Christopher Udry, Northwestern University, USA.
- FinTech in Developing Nations: What Has Worked Well and What Hasn’t? by Prof. David L. Yermack, Leonard N. Stern School of Business Kaufman Management Center, USA
- Barriers to Agricultural Innovation in Northern Ghana by Prof. Erika Kraemer Mbula, The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARchi) Industrial Development.
The plenary session will be followed by a policy roundtable dialogue on similar themes.
The Concurrent Sessions
The five concurrent sessions of the Biannual start on Monday, June 4, 2018 and will feature nearly 90 presentations of research proposals, work in progress documents, final reports and PhD thesis post-field reports. The reports will cover a wide range of topics that fit into the five focal areas of AERC’s thematic research programme:
Group A: Poverty, Labour Markets and Income Distribution
Group B: Macroeconomic Policy and Growth
Group C: Finance and Resource Mobilization
Group D: Production, Trade and Economic Integration
Group E: Agriculture, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management
Our Biannual attracts over 200 researchers, academics, policy makers and other economists who participate in the Research Programme. The Biannual provides a forum for participants to meet within a worldwide network of professionals to address issues relevant for Africa’s economic development. They also provide an opportunity for monitoring the progress and quality of the various research projects sponsored by AERC.
About African Economic Research Consortium
Established in 1988, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is a premier capacity building institution in the advancement of research and training to inform economic policies in sub-Saharan Africa. AERC’s mission rests on two premises: first, that development is more likely to occur where there is sustained sound management of the economy; second, that such management is more likely to happen where there is an active, well-informed cohort of locally-based professional economists to conduct policy-relevant research. AERC builds that cohort through a programme that has three primary components: research, training and policy outreach. The organization integrates high quality economic policy research, postgraduate training and policy outreach within a vast network of researchers, universities and policy makers across Africa and beyond. Learn more at www.aercafrica.org and follow us on Twitter @aercafrica.