JICA/AIF/IEA/IPD Host Young African Scholar Program at the 17th IEA Congress
June 8, 2014
King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center Sweimeh, Jordan
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and African Innovation Foundation (AIF) cosponsored the Young African Scholar Program. The program is designed by Dr. Celestin Monga from the world bank and organized by International Economic Association (IEA) and Professor Akbar Noman and Professor Joseph Stiglitz from IPD. This one day program allows young African scholars to share their research, learn and build networks with the international economic community.
A special session of the Young African Scholars Program (YASP) was organized on the Dead Sea, Jordan, on June 8-9, 2014, as part of the scientific program of the the17th World Congress of the International Economic Association (IEA).1 It brought together 37 young scholars (professors, post-doctoral researchers, PhD students) from various African countries and allowed 25 of them to present original research papers and receive feedback, comments, and suggestions from each other and from some of the senior economists attending the IEA world Congress. The feedback from the YASP participants and the invited speakers has been very positive. This note briefly presents the genesis of the program, and outlines some of the ideas for taking this initiative forward.