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AERC Participates in the “G7 and Africa: Think Tank Summit in Rome”

Prof. Lemma Senbet, the AERC Executive Director, recently participated in a high level policy working group convened in Rome on May 5, 2017, in preparation for the upcoming G-7 meeting in Italy. The group was hosted by the Italian Presidency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and ISPI. It included heads of selected think tanks (T7) and other high level representatives from G-7 countries. G-7 is a group of seven member countries: United States of America, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Japan, and Canada.

The G7 summit is a forum that plays an important role in shaping global responses to global challenges, complementing the global economic coordination carried out by the G20. It brings together leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union (EU). Italy holds the 2017 presidency, and Africa is on this year’s meeting agenda.

Prof. Senbet led the discussion on innovation in innovation at the Rome meeting. At closing, he reported the outcomes of the deliberations on innovation to the G7 Italian Sherpa, who will transmit the key messages to the G-7 meeting. AERC Executive Director said that “Africa’s economic Renaissance should be more inclusive and sustainable” (see video):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiI195cVChY.

On May 5, 2017, in the context of the G7 “engagement groups” promoted by Italy’s Presidency of the G7, ISPI organized the Think Tank 7. The high–level panel involved representatives and experts from the G7 and selected African think tanks.  The conference, promoted with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, focused on Africa and addressed three key issues related to Agenda 2030: food security, innovation and mobility. The goal of the debate was to identify key areas where the G7 could bring added value. The critical points raised in the Think Tank Summit were then reported to the Italian Sherpa in charge of the preparatory process for the G7 Summit in Taormina.
 
About AERC

African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), established in 1988, is a premier capacity building institution in the advancement of research and training to inform economic policies in sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of the most active Research and Capacity Building Institutions (RCBIs) in the world, with a focus on Africa. AERC’s mission rests on two premises: First, that development is more likely to occur where there is sustained sound management of the economy. Second, that such management is more likely to happen where there is an active, well-informed cadre of locally-based professional economists to conduct policy-relevant research. AERC builds that cadre through a programme that has three primary components: research, training and policy outreach. The organization has now emerged as a premier capacity building network institution integrating high quality economic policy research, postgraduate training and policy outreach within a vast network of researchers, universities and policy makers across Africa and beyond. AERC has increasingly received global acclaim for its quality products and services, and is ranked highly among global development think tanks.
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For more information about this workshop or AERC, please contact:

The Executive Director
African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
Middle East Bank Towers, 3rd Floor, Jakaya Kikwete Road,
Tel: (+254-20) 273-4150 / 273-4157
Fax: (+254-20) 273-4173
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Call for Consultancy Services for Preselection of Research Proposals on Impact of Agricultural and Food Policies on Nutrition Outcomes

Background 

Established in 1988, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is a premier capacity building institution in the advancement of research and graduate training that inform economic policies in Africa. The principal mission is to strengthen local individual and institutional capacity to conduct independent, rigorous inquiry into problems pertinent to the management of Sub-Saharan African economies through synergistic programmes combining economic research with postgraduate training in economics. 

In November 2016, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) signed a grant agreement with AERC to support rigorous research on the impact of agricultural and food policies on nutrition outcomes in Sub Saharan Africa for informed policy development, program design and improved nutrition outcomes.

The Objectives

The main objective of the consultancy is to screen and pre-select collaborative, thematic, faculty and thesis research proposals received from AERC network researchers on the impact of agricultural, food and nutrition policies on nutrition outcomes. The screening and preselection aims at sorting out the most relevant and adequately developed proposals to enable further review and possible funding.

Methodology

The consultant will be required to review all the proposals received as follows:

  • Review the titles, objectives, and methodology of all the proposals for relevance to the research calls;
  • Under each category of proposals (collaborative, thematic, faculty and thesis), preselect those that are relevant and appropriate for further review, indicating their respective research domains;
  • Provide a report on the preselection, making recommendations, on which proposals should be rejected, and which should be accepted and sent for further review;  

The Scope of the Consultancy 

The consultant shall be required to review a total of 145 proposals (13 faculty, 10 thesis, 88 thematic and 34 collaborative research proposals) and develop a comprehensive report thereof.

Deliverables and Reporting Requirements

The consultant will be required to: 

  • Upon signing the contract, provide an inception report detailing the consultant’s understanding of the assignment, detailing the objectives, methodology, and an outline of the report to be presented to AERC;
  • At the end of the consultancy, a report detailing the research domain of each proposal, the proposals to be rejected, those to be accepted for further review, and those to be relocated to a different category.

Duration of the Consultancy

This is a short-term consultancy running for a period of 14 days.

Selection Criteria

The consultant should meet the following requirements:

  • PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Development Economics or related field;
  • Hands on experience with evidence of running panel econometric data analyses using appropriate software;
  • Familiarity with World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) and related data;
  • A deep appreciation of research in developing countries of Sub Saharan Africa;
  • Widely published in the domain of agricultural, food and nutrition security policy.

Application Process

Applications clearly indicated “Consultancy Services for Preselection of Research Proposals on Agricultural Policies and Nutrition Outcomes” on the subject line can be sent to the following address on or before 28th April 2017, 14.00 hours East African time. 

 

The Executive Director   

African Economic Research Consortium

P.O. Box 62882 – 00200

Nairobi, Kenya

 

Or by email to the following addresses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copied to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Please attach an updated curriculum vitae clearly indicating:-

  • Key academic qualifications, professional training and certificates obtained;
  • Employment record clearly stating the name of employer, period of employment, position held and brief description of main responsibilities;
  • List of relevant consultancies and assignments undertaken clearly stating the nature and period of assignment;
  • List of relevant publications;
  • Names and addresses of two (2) references who can provide a reference on your work;
  • Personal declaration signed on your CV as follows:- 

“I hereby certify that the details provided in my CV are to the best of my knowledge true, complete and accurate.  I acknowledge that an inaccurate statement or omission in a personal declaration or other document might result in rejection of my application or termination of my contract. The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) can verify any statements which I make in my application”.

 

 

Call for Expression of Interest for Instructor(s) for Technical Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Agricultute

Background 

Established in 1988, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) has grown to be a premier capacity building institution for the advancement of research and graduate training to inform economic policies in Africa. The consortium’s mandate and strategic mission is built on the basis that sustained development in Sub-Saharan Africa requires well trained, locally based professional economists. A highly integrated knowledge organization spanning research, training, and policy outreach, AERC is now a vast network of researchers, policy makers, universities, educators, and international resource persons.

The Aim of the Training 

As part of its capacity building, AERC is offering a training workshop on Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Agribusiness on May 31-June 2, 2017, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The training will be supported by funding from African Development Bank (AfDB). The three-day workshop is a specialized short-term training that seeks to engage the private sector and other non-state actors in mutually beneficial research and training activities to enhance innovation, and to deepen and broaden AERC capacity building, and ultimately enhance development outcomes. Non-state actors can be defined as individuals or organizations that have sufficient social, economic or political power to influence and/or cause a change even though they do not belong to any established institutions of a state. Non-state actors are thus fundamental agents in helping to achieve both national and international development goals. The non-state actors include: civil society in all its diversity; economic and social partners such as trade union organizations among others and; private sector.

The themes of the training are entrepreneurship and inclusive agribusiness and will include discussions on entrepreneurship, financing agribusiness, market linkages, agriculture as a business, value addition in agribusiness, and food systems, among others. This knowledge is important for non-state actors and entrepreneurs involved in and agriculture as it can be used to effectively engage both smallholder farmers and government to achieve positive outcomes. 

The participants will be drawn from civil society, private sector, NGOs, women and youth groups, SMEs etc involved in agribusiness. The training will be tailored to specific needs of non-state actors and aims to empower them to:

 

  • Better understand issues on entrepreneurship. 
  • Better understand how to go about agribusiness and making it inclusive.
  • Better understand how to overcome pitfalls in businesses, particularly agriculture-based businesses.

 

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the instructor include the following tasks:

 

  • Preparation of the workshop agenda and technical prospectus to be used in the three day training workshop;
  • Identification of relevant materials, documentations and software for use during the workshop;
  • Lead the discussions and provide the participants with extensive exposure to a selected number of useful topics and issues in course;
  • Prepare a report on the proceedings of the workshop;
  • Perform any other activities as mutually agreed upon between the instructor and AERC.

 

Selection Criteria

Selection of the instructor(s) will be based on the following criteria.

 

  • At least have a Masters degree in Agricultural economics or related fields plus professional progression thereafter.
  • Experience in teaching entrepreneurship and agribusiness at undergraduate degree level or higher.
  • Experience in offering similar short courses to participants with diverse backgrounds, especially, practitioners.
  • Published in refereed/peer reviewed outlets (Journal Articles, Books and Book Chapters) on areas relevant to the course.
  • A brief outline of what will be covered in the course
  • Any other useful information relating to offering the course

 

More information on the training is as follows: 

  • Number of participants- about 20.
  • The participants bring their own computers (laptop) to the workshop
  • AERC to provide the software to be used by the participants.
  • The full set of materials prepared for the course will be put on a flash disk/drop box for participants to access.
  • Daily session start from about 9.00 to 17.30 hrs, with lunch break of about one hour and two tea/coffee breaks of about 30 minutes each. This information should help in devising an appropriate break down and the components of the course for each day.
  • The instructor will provide all the practice datasets for uniformity.
  • PowerPoint projectors and white board/flipcharts will be provided.
  • The course will be undertaken in Johannesburg, South Africa at a venue to be communicated later.
  • The successful applicant will be requested to offer the training from May 31—June 2, 2017.

To express your interest in offering the course, kindly send your application, CV, and a brief course outline to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. outlining your experience in teaching the course. Your expression of interest will be evaluated by the AERC procurement unit and we will let you know the outcome in a period of one week after 5/5/2017.

AERC will offer a moderate honorarium for the services provided during that period including the time required for preparation of the course. If selected, AERC will provide an air ticket to and from the venue of the workshop; accommodation; per diem, visa fee and other expenses as will be specified in the agreement letter. 

If you are interested, kindly respond by May 7, 2017 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Murinde Appointed AXA Chair in Global Finance at SOAS

Professor Victor Murinde, a long standing AERC resource person and Chair of Thematic Group on “Finance and Resource Mobilization” has been appointed to the AXA Professor in Global Finance in the School of Finance and Management at SOAS University of London. The AXA Chair in Global Finance is a new full-time permanent academic position, created by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and endowed by the AXA Research Fund. 

Baroness Valerie Amos CH, Director of SOAS, said “SOAS is delighted to be awarded the AXA Chair in Global Finance; it is a great opportunity to make a significant long-term investment in partnership with AXA to appoint Professor Victor Murinde to the AXA Chair in Global Finance and to establish the Research Centre for Global Finance. The investment will facilitate a long-term research programme and disseminate the research findings via the Centre’s global academic and policy-related networks consistent with SOAS’ research strategy.”

Professor Victor Murinde said: “I am honoured to accept the position of AXA Chair in Global Finance and founding Director of the Research Centre in Global Finance. The research programme will significantly extend the existing body of knowledge on finance, stability and growth by systematically exploring the role of price and non-price factors in shaping global trends in flow of funds, and by mainstreaming the study of finance in Africa and Asia within global financial analysis.”  

Professor Victor Murinde is a leading financial economist, with more than 25 years’ expertise, post-PhD, mainly involving university research and teaching, but also including senior- level stints at practitioner, policy and consultancy roles for governments and leading international organizations. He is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of a large research project (Euro 2.6 million) on “Delivering Inclusive Financial Development and Growth”, funded under the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme, of which AERC is an institutional member.

Professor Victor’s colleague at SOAS and an AERC resource person, Professor Laurence Harris said, ‘Victor’s appointment to the AXA Chair in Global Finance is a mark of his high international standing. It is especially pleasing that, among his many contributions to our profession, Victor's outstanding work within the AERC and his writings on African economies receive recognition through this award.'

Professor Murinde has published over forty articles in many journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Review of International Economics, Journal of Policy Modelling, World Development, Economic Notes and Applied Economics and Applied Financial Economics. His current research focuses on corporate finance and international finance.

About Centre for Financial and Management Studies

The Centre for Financial and Management Studies was founded in 1992 before its establishment as an academic Department in 2001 and its evolution to the SOAS School of Finance and Management in 2016. Over this time the School has more than doubled in size reflecting its success in research and scholarship in the fields of finance and management. The School’s research record is outstanding: in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework the School was ranked in the top 20 UK Schools for Business and Management (ranked 18th out of 101 Schools) on Research Intensity Grade Point Average. The School has also had significant success in attracting external funding from the UK’s national research council – The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

About AERC 

African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), established in 1988, is a premier capacity building institution in the advancement of research and training to inform economic policies in sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of the most active Research and Capacity Building Institutions (RCBIs) in the world, with a focus on Africa. AERC’s mission rests on two premises: First, that development is more likely to occur where there is sustained sound management of the economy. Second, that such management is more likely to happen where there is an active, well-informed cadre of locally-based professional economists to conduct policy-relevant research. AERC builds that cadre through a programme that has three primary components: research, training and policy outreach. The organization has now emerged as a premier capacity building network institution integrating high quality economic policy research, postgraduate training and policy outreach within a vast network of researchers, universities and policy makers across Africa and beyond. AERC has increasingly received global acclaim for its quality products and services, and is ranked highly among global development think tanks.

# # #

For more information about this workshop or AERC, please contact: 

 

The Executive Director

African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) 

Middle East Bank Towers, 3rd Floor, Jakaya Kikwete Road, 

Tel: (+254-20) 273-4150 / 273-4157

Fax: (+254-20) 273-4173

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.

www.aercafrica.org

 

 

Call for Expression of Interest for Technical Workshop Non-State Actors on Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Agricultute

Background

Established in 1988, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) has grown to be a premier capacity building institution for the advancement of research and graduate training to inform economic policies in Africa. The consortium’s mandate and strategic mission is built on the basis that sustained development in Sub-Saharan Africa requires well trained, locally based professional economists. A highly integrated knowledge organization spanning research, training, and policy outreach, AERC is now a vast network of researchers, policy makers, universities, educators, and international resource persons.

The Aim of the Training

As part of its capacity building, AERC is offering a training workshop on Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Agribusiness on May 31-June 2, 2017, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The training will be supported by funding from African Development Bank (AfDB). The three-day workshop is a specialized short-term training that seeks to engage the private sector and other non-state actors in mutually beneficial research and training activities to enhance innovation, and to deepen and broaden AERC capacity building, and ultimately enhance development outcomes. Non-state actors can be defined as individuals or organizations that have sufficient social, economic or political power to influence and/or cause a change even though they do not belong to any established institutions of a state. Non-state actors are thus fundamental agents in helping to achieve both national and international development goals. The non-state actors include: civil society in all its diversity; economic and social partners such as trade union organizations among others and; private sector.

The themes of the training are entrepreneurship and inclusive agribusiness and will include discussions on entrepreneurship, financing agribusiness, market linkages, agriculture as a business, value addition in agribusiness, and food systems, among others. This knowledge is important for non-state actors and entrepreneurs involved in and agriculture as it can be used to effectively engage both smallholder farmers and government to achieve positive outcomes.

The participants will therefore be drawn from among civil society, private sector, NGOs, women and youth groups, SMEs, etc., involved in agriculture and agribusiness. The training will be tailored to specific needs of non-state actors and aims to empower them to:

  • Better understand issues on entrepreneurship.
  • Better understand  the  agribusiness environment and how to make it inclusive
  • Better understand how to overcome pitfalls in businesses, particularly agriculture-based businesses.

Expression of Interest

This is a call for expression of interest for non-state actors involved in entrepreneurship and agribusiness to participate in the three day AERC organized training workshop.  Participation is open to community-based organizations, women's groups, youth groups/organizations, SMEs, NGOs, religious organizations, farmers' cooperatives and the private sector actors (private sector associations, chambers of commerce, etc.) involved in agribusiness.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify to participate in the training workshop, one should be an employee or representative of an entity that qualify to be a non-state actor involved in agriculture and agribusiness in any one of the countries in Sub Saharan Africa. They must have a minimum of an undergraduate degree or equivalent. Women and youth employees or representatives of non-state actors organizations/institutions are encouraged to apply.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be employees or representatives of a non-state actor organisation in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Must have a minimum of undergraduate degree or equivalent in development or related areas.
  • Must provide a letter of support from his/her institute/organization supporting participation in the workshop.
  • Submit a curriculum vitae

Application Process

Interested candidates should send their expression of interest to AERC using the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A complete application should include the following:

  • CV of the applicant
  • Email expressing interest to participate in the workshop
  • The name and profile of the institution represented by the applicant.
  • The letter or email supporting participation of the employee or representative in the workshop

If selected, AERC will provide an air ticket to and from the venue of the workshop; accommodation; per diem, visa fee and other expenses as will be specified in the invitation letter.

The deadline for application is May 15, 2017 

 

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