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Spring 2018 Seminar - African Economies, Development Models, and Structural Transformation

African Economies & Development Models

 

The Institute for African Development hosts a weekly seminar series under the general theme “Issues in African Development,” with a special topic each semester. In Spring 2018 we will be considering how new development models might help to transform African economies in ways that will support inclusive growth on the continent. To overcome the daunting and persistent challenges to development that Africa faces, the continent is in need of a full transformation of the existing colonial-legacy structures of society. The seminar series will seek to explore new models of development and policies that can effectively achieve these transformations. 

Seminars are held every Thursday at 2:30 pm in G08 Uris Hall. The series is open to the public and is also available as a 2-credit course, CRP 4770/6770. All are welcome!

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ABSTRACT

According to the African Development Bank (AfDB) Outlook Report 2016, Africa’s recent growth has been strong and higher-than-average globally, with growth holding firm amidst global headwinds and regional shock. Remarkably, Africa is the world’s second-fastest growing economy (after East Asia). Yet challenges to Africa’s development remain daunting and persistent, with a low per capita GDP and rapid population growth fueling continually higher numbers of people in poverty.

To overcome these challenges and achieve its potential for growth and development, Africa is in need of a full transformation of the existing colonial-legacy structures of society. Governance must be transformed from the centralized colonial legacy to a more participatory and decentralized system; constitutions must be transformed to support democracy; transportation and production systems must be transformed to support African economies.

The seminar series will seek to explore models of development and policies that can effectively achieve these transformations. 

 

Videos of Past Seminars

Chinese Migrants in Africa: Preliminary Social, Political, and Economic Impacts by Yoon Jung Park – September 21, 2017

Ports and Fish: What China’s Ocean Policy Means for African Maritime Security by Tabitha Grace Mallory – September 28, 2017

From Knowledge Transfers to Power Projection: The Impact of Professionalization Training on China-Africa Relations by Lina Benabdallah – October 19, 2017

Edge of Capital: Chinese Garment Production in South Africa by Liang Xu – October 26, 2017

How African Countries can Capitalize on their Partnerships with China by Nama Ouattara – November 2, 2017

Student Panel Presentation - The Informal Economy by Andrew Arnold – November 30, 2017

African Farmers’ Food Systems: Alternatives to Industrial Agriculture by Carol Thompson – February 15, 2018

The Geography of Poverty and Development Resources: What Do We Know? What Should We Know? And Why Does it Matter? by Ryan Briggs – March 15, 2018

The Emergence of New Markets for Agricultural Technologies by Brian Dillon – March 29, 2018