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Africa Task Force Meeting, Addis Ababa 2008

July 10, 2008

Ethiopia Development Research Institute   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Agenda  30kb pdf

The Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) at Columbia University established in 2006 a Task Force on Africa in response to the concern with Sub-Saharan Africa's economic performance and the recognition that the set of problems facing the continent are sufficiently serious, distinctive and interrelated, and that a task force focusing on Africa could be extremely instructive.


A related set of considerations that inform the task force are (a) the many disappointing results of nearly a quarter century of adjustment and conditionality; (b) the view that the policy debate on Africa had often been confined within too narrow a set of parameters; and (c) that in particular policy analysis and prescriptions had not been adequately informed by the lessons of success in countries that were "catching-up", above all in Asia. Convening again in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on July 10-11, 2008, we will expand and deepen previous conversations and present the remainder of the inputs to what will ultimately become a policy-oriented edited volume. A set of papers to be presented at the meeting will benefit from and build upon the discussions in earlier meetings, either as revised and expanded versions of papers present previously or as new papers commissioned in the light of the earlier discussions.

One set of papers will pertain to the broad, cross-cutting themes of development strategy: the policy options for accelerated, sustained, equitable growth and structural transformation in the light of lessons of success, especially in East Asia. Another set of papers will broaden or supplement this important conversation to cover selected sectoral and other issues of particular salience to Africa, drawing from the topical challenges in African development.

  • Akinwumi Adesina
    Task Force Member
    Vice President
    Policy & Partnerships
    Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
  • Yaw Ansu
    Task Force Member
    Chief Economist
    African Center for Economic Transformation
  • Shinji Asanuma
    Task Force Member
    Visiting Professor
    Hitotsubashi University
  • Michael Atingi-Ego
    Task Force Member
    Executive Director
    Central Bank of Uganda
  • Barbara Barungi
    Task Force Member
    Regional Program Advisor
    United Nations Development Programme
  • Kwesi Botchwey
    Task Force Chair
    Professor of Practice in Development Economics, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
    Tufts University
  • Michael Chege
    Task Force Member
    Director, Center for African Studies
    University of Florida at Gainsville
  • Mamadou Diouf
    Task Force Member
    Leitner Family Professor of African Studies
    Columbia University
  • Augustin Fosu
    Task Force Member
    Deputy Director
    United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER)
  • Ato Newai Gebre-Ab
    Task Force Member
    Economic Adviser to Prime Minister;
    Government of Ethiopia
  • Mulu Gebreeyesus
    Task Force Member
    United Nations University
  • Aime Gogue
    Task Force Member
    Universite de Lome Togo
  • Atsushi Hanatani
    Task Force Member
    Senior Advisor
    Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • Pierre Jacquet
    Task Force Member
    Chief Economist
    Agence Française de Développement
  • Jomo Kwame Sundaram
    Task Force Member
    Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development
    United Nations
  • Louis Kasekende
    Task Force Member
    Chief Economist
    African Development Bank
  • Mushtaq Khan
    Task Force Member
    Senior Professor in Economics
    The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • William Kingsmill
    Task Force Member
    Senior Adviser, Policy and Research Division
    The World Bank
  • Masafumi Kuroki
    Task Force Member
    Vice President
    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Thandika Mkandawire
    Task Force Member
    UN Research Institute for Social Development
  • Kevin Morrison
    Task Force Member
    Assistant Professor, Department of Government
    Cornell University
  • Takuya Murata
    Task Force Member
    Master's Student in Public Administration
    Columbia University
  • Akbar Noman
    Task Force Chair
    Senior Policy Fellow
    Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)
  • Yaw Nyarko
    Task Force Member
    New York University
  • Izumi Ohno
    Task Force Member
    National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
  • Kenichi Ohno
    Task Force Member
    National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
  • Takaaki Oiwa
    Task Force Member
    Executive Advisor
    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka
    Task Force Member
    Director, Monitoring and Research Division
    United Nations University
  • Padmashree G. Sampath
    Task Force Member
    Research Fellow
    United Nations University
  • Ajit Singh
    Task Force Member
    Professor of Economics
    University of Cambridge
  • Charles C. Soludo
    Task Force Member
    Division for Sustainable Development
    Central Bank of Nigeria
  • Howard Stein
    Task Force Member
    Professor, School of Public Health
    University of Michigan
  • Joseph Stiglitz
    Task Force Chair
    Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)
  • Christine Thompson
    Task Force Member
    Policies Issues Manager
  • Shujiro Urata
    Task Force Member
    Professor, Department of Economics
    Waseda University
  • Francis Wilson
    Task Force Member
    Professor in Economics
    University of Capetown
  • Nimrod Zalk
    Task Force Member
    Deputy Director-General
    Department of Trade and Industry, Republic of South Africa
  • Meles Zenawi
    Task Force Member
    Prime Minster
All Files (32) zip
Strategy for Sustained Growth Acceleration (SGA) in Africa

519kb pdf
Atsushi Hanatani,
Matsuo Watanabe

The African Economic Growth Record: The Roles of Policy Syndromes and Governance

220kb pdf
Augustin Fosu

The State and Innovation Policy in Late Development: Evidence from South Africa and Malaysia

201kb pdf
Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka,
Padmashree G. Sampath

Voices of the African Leaders at TICAD IV

474kb pdf
Masafumi Kuroki

Africa's Economic Growth PowerPoint

300kb pdf
Augustin Fosu

Economic Liberalization, Globalization and Development in Africa PowerPoint

291kb pdf
Jomo Kwame Sundaram,
Rudiger von Arnim

Governance and Growth in Africa Powerpoint

474kb pdf
Mushtaq Khan

Growth-Promoting Governance in Africa

332kb pdf
Mushtaq Khan

Micro Evidence on the Development of Cut-flower Industry in Ethiopia PowerPoint

809kb pdf
Mulu Gebreeyesus

Natural Resource Abundance and Economic Development PowerPoint

64kb pdf
Shinji Asanuma

Solving Africas Food Crisis PowerPoint

2.81mb pdf
Akinwumi Adesina

The State and Innovation Policy in Late Development PowerPoint

315kb pdf
Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka,
Padmashree G. Sampath

What can we learn about the management of natural resources from the management of foreign aid? Powerpoint

85kb pdf
Kevin Morrison

Preferential Trade Arrangement in the Light of East Asian Experience PowerPoint

144kb pdf
Shujiro Urata

Skills Development for Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

199kb pdf
Yaw Ansu,
Jee-Peng Tan

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright? Industrial Policy Lessons from Ireland and East Asia for Small African Economies

203kb pdf
Ajit Singh,
David Bailey,
Helena Lenihan

Achieving the Millenium Development Goals in Africa

2.42mb pdf

Africa, Industrial Policy and Export Processing Zones: Lessons from Asia

118kb pdf
Howard Stein

Catching Up through Divergent Paths: Technology Innovation and Institutions in Africa and Asia

221kb pdf
Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka

Dynamic Capacity Development in East Asian Industrialization

456kb pdf
Izumi Ohno,
Kenichi Ohno

Institutional Monocroping and Monotasking in Africa

336kb pdf
Thandika Mkandawire

Natural Resource Abundance and Economic Development: A Curse? Or a Blessing? - Lessons from Indonesia's Experience

122kb pdf
Shinji Asanuma

The 2008 World Food Crisis

759kb pdf
Jomo Kwame Sundaram

What Can We Learn About the Management of Natural Resources from the Management of Aid?

186kb pdf
Kevin Morrison

A New Industrialisation is the strategy for Africa's Social Economic Dynamism?

143kb pdf
Mary Njeri Kinyanjui

Business and Development: A case study SAB Miller

84kb pdf
Christine Thompson

Civil Society Organizations and Aid Efficiency in West Africa

152kb pdf
Aime Gogue

Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from the East Asian experience

56kb pdf
Aziz Khan

How can low-income countries escape gravity and begin to catch up with high-income countries? The case for open-economy industrial policy

107kb pdf
Robert Wade

Report of the Stocktaking Work on the Economic Development in Africa and the Asian Growth Experience

1.10mb pdf

Industrial Policy of Ethiopia PowerPoint

721kb pdf

South Africa's post-apartheid industrial policy and export experience PowerPoint

333kb pdf

Event Information

Type Meeting
Program Africa