With the financial support of USAID, GDN partnered with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and the African Growth Initiative (AGI) at the Brookings Institution to host a series of three high-level panels on the link between local research, domestic policy processes and international aid in sub-Saharan Africa, on October 6, 2016 in Washington DC.
African researchers and representatives of aid agencies engaged African policymakers in conversations on the present and future of policy in two key areas for the continent—financial inclusion and agriculture—based on available policy knowledge and contextual evidence. Panelists discussed the value of local research for designing more effective and integrated development policies, including those receiving aid funding. The event aimed to promote the voices of African researchers in debates about fact-based policy processes for Africa’s development, at the highest level.
The event was part of a USAID-funded program through which GDN and AERC specifically are supporting the emergence of African voices in academic and policy debates on aid to sub-Saharan Africa.
Read more about the event, and watch the three panel discussions on:
- What entry points exist for researchers and international development agencies into domestic policy processes in sub-Saharan Africa?
- Financial inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa: Is local, national, regional or continental innovation the way forward?
- Boosting agricultural productivity through innovation: What role for researchers and aid agencies in supporting policy design?