What entry points exist into domestic policy processes in sub-Saharan Africa?
Can local researchers and aid agencies work together to strengthen policy decisions and outcomes? Too often there is a disconnect between the advice of research of scholars on the ground and the international actors and African policymakers themselves, despite their shared goals of positive impacts on social and economic development. Much potential for growth, implementation of innovation, and opportunities for fresh interventions are being missed. So, what are the obstacles preventing these conversations from bearing fruit? Have there been successful areas of collaboration between aid agencies and African academics? How might we foster more success stories?
Under this theme, on October 6, the Brookings Africa Growth Initiative, the Global Development Network, and the African Economic Research Consortium hosted an event in which African researchers and aid agency staff engaged African policymakers in conversations on the present and future of policy in two key areas for the continent—financial inclusion and agriculture—based on available policy knowledge and scientific evidence. The event was part of a USAID-funded program through which GDN and AERC specifically are supporting the emergence of African voices in academic and policy debates on aid to sub-Saharan Africa.
President - Global Development Network
Professor, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) - University of Ghana
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Food Security - USAID
Manager, Macroeconomic Division - African Development Bank (AfDB)
Governor - Central Bank of Rwanda
Head, Department of Economics - University of Ghana
Coordinator for Trade Africa - USAID
Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security - USAID
Director-General - International Food Policy Research Institute
Senior Adviser - Global Food Security Project, Center for Strategic & International Studies
Senior adviser to the associate provost and dean for international studies and programs - Michigan State University
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