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Biannual Research Workshop - Port Louis, Mauritius, 3-6 June 2018

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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...

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AERC Appoints Incoming Executive Director - Kenya’s Former Central Bank Governor, Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u, to assume role September 1, 2018

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26 April 2018, Nairobi, Kenya -- The Board of Directors and Management of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) are pleased to announce the appointment of Prof Njuguna Ndung’u as the next AERC Executive Director effective September 1, 2018. Njuguna Ndung’u is well known to the AERC network as a trainer...

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AERC Has ‘Most Significant Impact on Public Policy in Africa’ Ranked #1 by the “Go To Think Tank Index Report”

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 Hits:414

Ranked #1 by the “Go To Think Tank Index Report” 19 March 2018, Nairobi, Kenya - - African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) has been ranked number one for having the most significant impact on public policy in Africa, according to the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report released by the...

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Rethinking Regional Integration in Africa

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 Hits:856

AERC and Bank of Uganda Hosted a Two Day Policy Seminar  14 March 2018, Entebbe, Uganda- - The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) held its twentieth senior policy seminar from March 12-13 at the Lake Victoria Serena Hotel in Kampala, Uganda, in partnership with the Bank of Uganda. Rt Hon. Dr...

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Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for 2018

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 Hits:1522

    The Brookings Institution Africa Growth Initiative (AGI), African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), had a joint launch of AGI’s flagship report titled, Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Crowne Plaza Hotel....

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Growth in Fragile States in Africa

Training

MA Scholarships

AERC provides a number of scholarships to aspiring students admitted in category B and category C universities. To merit consideration, candidates should apply and be accepted by one of the category B or category C universities. The Head of the Economics Department at their respective university should endorse applications for AERC support. Amongst other qualifying factors, criteria for selection for AERC support include the following:

  • Applicant must have attained at least a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or equivalent in Economics or related field from an accredited university; 
  • Must possess admission into any of the CMAP category B or category C universities; and
  • Qualified women and applicants from post-conflict and fragile states are particularly encouraged to apply.

Upon receipt of an admission letter from the specific university, candidates should submit their application for scholarship to AERC on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and attach a copy of the admission letter. In addition, candidates should attach their curriculum vitae and certified copies of their academic certificates and transcripts. The deadline for applying for the scholarship is usually indicated every year on the announcement placed on the AERC website (usually it is not later than May).

 

 

Application for admission to the Collaborative MA Programme

Application procedure can be obtained from the respective universities’ websites. Interested candidates should direct their applications for admission to the degree-awarding universities whose addresses and other coordinates are given below.

 

Dr. Tadele Ferede Head of Department, Department of Economics College of Business & Economics Addis Ababa University P O Box 1176 Addis Ababa-Ethiopia Tel: +251 911 141332 (mobile) +251 1 112 29258 (office) Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Dr. Emmanuel Asmah Head, Department of Economics University of Cape Coast University Post Office CAPE COAST, Ghana Office: +233332133799 Fax: +23320283020 E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Prof. Peter Quartey Head, Department of Economics University of Ghana P.O. Box 57 LEGON, Accra -Ghana Tel: +233 21 501485/87/501486 Fax: +233 21 50148:

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Dr. Martin Phangaphanga Head, Department of Economics University of Malawi Chancellor College P O Box 280, ZOMBA, Malawi Tel: +265 522222 Fax: +265 523021 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Anthony Wambugu Director School of Economics University of Nairobi Tel: +254 20 318262 Mobile:+254 721 574101 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Dr. Baboo Nowbutsing Head, Department of Economics Statistics Faculty of Social Studies & Humanities University of Mauritius REDUIT, Mauritius Tel: +230 4541041 ext 1246 Fax: +230 4656184 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dr. Jehovaness Aikaeli Head, Department of Economics University of Dar es Salaam P O Box 35045 DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania Tel: +255 22 2410252 ext 2268 Mobile: +255 754 593168 +255 754 489275 Fax: +255 22 2 410395/410227

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Prof. Edward Bbaale Dean Faculty of Economics and Management Makerere University P O Box 7062 KAMPALA, Uganda Tel: +256 41 453 0115 +256 783 973395 (mobile +256 705 706827 (mobile) Fax: + 256 41 414 532355

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Ms. Teresa Kaulihowa Head, Department of Economics University of Namibia Private Bag 13301 WINDHOEK, Namibia Tel: +264 61 2063774/2063982 Fax: +264 61 2063410 E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Albert Makochekanwa Chairman, Department of Economics University of Zimbabwe P.O. Box 167 Mt. Pleasant, HARARE Zimbabwe Tel: +263 (0) 77 4444 390 Fax: +263 4 333407

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Dr. Malebogo Bakwena Head, Department of Economics University of Botswana Private Bag 0022 GABORONE, Botswana Tel: +267 355 2149 Fax: +267 355 2543

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Collaborative MA Programme (CMAP) Overview

The Training Programme executes the Collaborative Masters Programme (CMAP) in Economics, which spans departments of economics in universities in sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of CMAP is to enhance the capacity of mid-level economic managers and policy analysts, as well as to produce first class students interested in careers in academia. CMAP does this by delivering economics programmes in Africa that meet international standards, are relevant to African needs and can eventually be sustained from local resources. 

Twenty-six universities in 21 countries participate in the programme. Participating departments are classified into three categories, category A, category B and category C. Students in category A universities enroll for MA studies in either category B or category C universities. Category B comprises seven universities that are deemed to have adequate capacity to offer core courses (Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Quantitative Methods) and supervise theses. Students in category B universities then proceed to the the Joint Facility for Electives (JFE) for a period of three months (between July and September) to be jointly taught elective courses by African scholars and leading international experts.  

Category C comprises four universities that have built capacity to offer a menu of core and elective courses as well as supervise theses. The main difference between category B and category C universities is that the latter does not send its students to the JFE, but instead independently teach the elective courses. 

Assignment to either of the categories is not a permanent status, rather, universities are required to build their capacity and progress to category B and category C. Provisions exist for increasing or reducing the number of departments qualified to offer the degree, and this is based on performance and evaluation.

Category C (designate)

  1. University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  2. University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  3. University of Ghana, Ghana
  4. University of Nairobi, Kenya

Category B

  1. Makerere University, Uganda
  2. University of Botswana, Botswana
  3. University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  4. University of Malawi, Malawi
  5. University of Mauritius, Mauritius
  6. University of Namibia, Namibia
  7. University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

Category A

  1. Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
  2. Egerton University, Kenya
  3. Kenyatta University, Kenya
  4. Kwame Nkurumah University of Science & Tech, Ghana
  5. Moi University, Kenya
  6. National University of Lesotho, Lesotho
  7. University of Burundi, Burundi
  8. University of Buea, Cameroon
  9. University of Gambia, Gambia
  10. University of Juba, South Sudan
  11. University of Liberia, Liberia
  12. University of Rwanda, Rwanda
  13. University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone
  14. University of Swaziland, Swaziland
  15. University of Zambia, Zambia

CMAP Academic Activities

The typical degree programme takes 18-24 months and is divided into three components:

  • Core courses (Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Quantitative Methods) taught at the degree awarding institution in the first year for a period of 9 - 12 months.
  • Elective courses intensively taught by African scholars and leading international experts for a period of 14 weeks at the CMAP-Joint Facility for Electives (JFE) in Nairobi. Students select two fields of specialization from among the following approved twelve elective courses:

List of Approved CMAP Elective Courses

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Industrial Economics 
  • Corporate Finance & Investment
  • International Economics 
  • Econometrics Theory & Practice
  • Labour Economics 
  • Environmental Economics
  • Managerial Economics 
  • Game Theory & Information Economics
  • Monetary Theory & Practice
  • Health Economics
  • Public Sector Economics

Each course is divided into two semesters of seven weeks each taught by two different lecturers per subject. Each semester is a complete course in itself with a final examination held at the end of the session.

  • Writing of MA thesis research at the respective degree-awarding institution for a period of 6 - 9 months.

In addition to financing the programme, AERC facilitates curriculum development, joint enforcement of standards, and student and teacher movements. It also provides support for improved teaching facilities and library services and manages the Joint Facility for Electives.

As the executing agency, AERC is responsible for all grant making and contractual arrangements among the collaborators.

 

 

CPP - Joint facility for Electives

Joint Facility for Electives (JFE) is a residential programme of elective courses conducted by AERC at a facility to serve both the Collaborative Master’s Programme and the Collaborative PhD Programme in consecutive sessions. The JFE programme presents high quality core curriculum courses that are generally beyond the capacity or existing demand of the participating universities. The idea is to ensure that the programmes’ high standards are maintained, as well as to pull students together in a mutually enriching environment. AERC is the executing agency responsible for all resource mobilization, logistics and contractual arrangements.

The programme is intensive and fast-paced. A distinctive feature of the JFE is its innovative focus and combination of intensive academic teaching to produce a cadre of qualified graduates for absorption in policy making positions in public and private sectors in their home countries. The JFE is very positively rated among training centres in Africa and beyond. The depth of coverage and quality of the learning facility makes it a leading human capacity building effort. It differentiates CMAP and CPP products from all others in the region.

The JFE is recognized by students, faculty and graduates alike as a significant contributor to the distinctiveness and higher value added of the CMAP and CPP degrees. Benefits associated with the JFE, such as access to better teaching materials that visiting faculty use to upgrade courses back home, and the opportunity for students to meet and network with other Africans in the discipline, add to the implicit benefits, which are not factored into its cost. Such considerations have led programme evaluators and the Academic Board members to the conclusion that the current management and set-up of the JFE remains, for now, the most viable option for assuring the quantitative and qualitative benefits of the programme.

 

 

PhD Fellowships & Thesis Research Awards

Applications for AERC PhD Fellowships

All announcements for PhD Fellowships are posted in January, every year, on AERC website. 

Requirements:

To qualify, candidates must:

  1. Have applied and been admitted to any one of the listed CPP degree-awarding universities;
  2. Have attained at Bachelors Degree level at least a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or equivalent in Economics or related field from an accredited university;
  3. Have a Masters Degree (with coursework and thesis component) in Economics, Agricultural Economics or related fields from a recognized University. The coursework should have covered microeconomics, macroeconomics and quantitative methods;
  4. Female and applicants from post-conflict and fragile states are encouraged to apply.
  5. Possession of at least 1 relevant publication in a refereed journal will be an added advantage.
  6. Evidence of engagement in economic management, research and/or training in the public sector will be an added advantage.

Upon receipt of an admission letter from the specific university, candidates should submit their application for scholarship to AERC on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and attach a copy of the admission letter. In addition, candidates should attach their curriculum vitae and certified copies of their academic certificates and transcripts. The PhD fellowship application deadline is usually indicated every year on the announcement placed on the AERC website (usually it is not later than July). Candidates should note that all admitting universities submit a list of all admitted candidates to the AERC. Where candidates have applied for admission and they have not received their admission letters by the date of the deadline for PhD fellowship application, AERC will use the list from the universities to inform those admitted into the Programme to submit copies of their curriculum vitae, certified copies of their academic certificates and transcripts. 

PhD Thesis Research Awards for Non-AERC Sponsored African Nationals

AERC also offers a limited number of awards annually towards PhD thesis research. To be eligible for consideration, the request must come from an African national enrolled in a doctorial degree programme in Economics at a recognized university within or outside the African continent. Applicants must have completed all course requirements for the degree as well as be in the research and/or writing phase of the dissertation. In addition, applicants should not have received any other funding to support the dissertation activities outlined in the PhD proposal/budget. Priority is given to candidates pursuing a career in economic management, research and/or teaching at a public institution in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Requests should be supported by the following documentation:

  • Evidence of an attachment to, or sponsorship by, an institution in sub-Saharan Africa engaged in economic management, research and/or training in the public sector in the region.
  • Evidence of registration in a recognized PhD programme in economics.
  • An approved research proposal, complete with clearly defined objectives, substantial literature review and a well-outlined analytical framework, as well as pertinent research methodology.
  • A statement of limitations and policy relevance of the study.
  • A letter of reference from the thesis supervisor.
  • A detailed budget including evidence of any additional financial support that may be necessary to complete the programme.
  • Curriculum vitae.

Processing of Application for PhD Thesis Research Award

Upon the receipt of the proposal and the supporting documentation, it is sent to two external reviewers, who comment on the adequacy of the proposal. In the event that the reviewers suggest corrections to be made and give positive feedback, the comments are sent to the students to incorporate and then resubmit the revised proposal for a final review. Once the proposal is cleared by at least two reviewers, it is presented together with the comments from the external reviewers to the Training Sub-Committee during the Biannual Research Workshops (held in June and December), who go through the recommendations of the reviewers and make recommendation to the Programme Advisory Committee of AERC to approve for funding. It is after this that research grants can be awarded.

Application Deadlines

The PhD thesis research awards applications have two deadlines per year: January 31 for the June award and July31 for the December award.

 

 

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