The year 2013 marks the 25th anniversary since the establishment of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). Since its formation in 1988, the Consortium has matured into a reputable institution striving to meet the growing demand for its programmes in a region that remains in dire need of well-trained, locally based professional economists.
AERC intends to mark its journey of 25 years with various activities involving a wide range of AERC stakeholders, including; African governments, policy makers, researchers, African and international research institutions, collaborating universities, AERC alumni and network members, and our funding partners.
The anniversary celebration will begin with an overview of AERC: past, present, and future. It will be followed by breakout sessions featuring interface between research and policy which have been AERC’s hallmark over the years. The general theme of the breakout sessions is a topic that has received wide attention in the AERC collaborative research programme: Growth, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Africa.
A policy roundtable focusing on the future of AERC will also be held. The concluding session will be a private-public forum on contemporary policy issues of common interest. Moreover, a documentary and exhibition tracing AERC’s 25 years of existence to the present and her repositioning for the future will also be featured.