Publication and dissemination of AERC research results receive considerable attention. Over the decade-plus of its existence AERC has built a critical mass of highly credible research that has enhanced the professional stature of the network both locally and internationally - and that has, moreover, focused attention on issues critical to African development. Apart from the highly regarded series of refereed AERC Research papers and other publications, many collections of project papers have been published in joint ventures with esteemed academic presses. Individually, many members of the network have seen their work published in international scholarly journals. This recognition is further shown by the large number of requests through AERC and directly for involvement of the researchers in various professional undertakings internationally and locally, including for regional ministerial consultations, joint projects with international financial institutions and other high level activities.
For example, AERC network members contributed to the conference of African Trade Ministers in Abuja (September 2001), which deliberated on a set of common African positions for the 4th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) held in Doha in November 2001. Similar workshops in Mauritius (October 2001, November 2001), in Oslo (June 2002) and in Geneva (September 2002) provided the opportunity to present and discuss some of the project results with African trade negotiators and policy makers. Most recently, a set of five background papers was prepared to assist African countries to prepare for the 5th WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancun, Mexico, in September 2003.
Similarly, it is no exaggeration to state that without AERC's Collaborative Research project on poverty, many African countries would not have been in a position to prepare the poverty reduction strategy papers increasingly required by the donor community. The project built an indigenous capacity to prepare these plans as it aimed to build general analytical capacity in poverty analysis in Africa.