INCLUDE’s consortium partner, African Economic Research Consortium, is hosting its biannual research workshop that, due to its virtual setup. is open to interested persons to join. Please contact and/or for more information.

The Biannual is unique – combining learning-by-doing research, peer review, mentoring and networking to build and strengthen the capacity of early career African researchers. The workshop will bring together economists from around the African continent and globally, fulfilling one of our major core mandates – to strengthen local capacity for conducting independent, rigorous inquiry into problems facing the management of economies in sub-Saharan Africa.

Three days of concurrent sessions that covers five Thematic Groups will run from 8-10 June 2020. The presentations in the Thematic Groups will feature research proposals, work in progress, final research reports, and PhD thesis post-field reports.

The five Thematic Groups cover focal areas of AERC’s thematic research programme:

  • Group A: Poverty, Labour Markets, and Income Distribution
  • Group B: Macroeconomic Policy and Growth
  • Group C: Finance and Resource Mobilization
  • Group D: Production, Trade and Economic Integration
  • Group E: Agriculture, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management

The 52nd Plenary Session

The last day of the workshop, Thursday 11 June 2020, will feature presentations of the 52nd Plenary Session on “Business Environment, Competitiveness, and Economic Growth in Africa”. Researchers, academics, policy makers, non-state actors and economists will discuss the issue of competitiveness of African economies and the ramifications for development regionally and globally.

In the past, AERC Biannual Research workshops have attracted over 200 researchers, academics, policy makers and other economists who participate in our Research and Training Programmes. This time round the numbers will be fewer because the event will be purely virtual given challenges in movement as a result of the novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19), which was declared a pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO).

The workshop provides a forum for participants to meet within a worldwide network of professionals to address issues relevant for Africa’s economic development.  This provides the researchers with opportunities to apply such research ideas and policy outcome to individual countries. They also provide an opportunity for monitoring the progress and quality of the various research projects sponsored by AERC.

Please view the event posted on the AERC website via this link.

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