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Projects and Initiatives

In order to better take stock of current work being done in the realm of doctoral education, ‘Projects and Initiatives’ presents information about projects being carried out by organizations related to postgraduate training and management. Projects listed here share a common focus, all or in part, on African higher education.

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ACRC logo African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

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The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), established in 1988 is a public not-for-profit organization devoted to the advancement of economic policy research and training. AERC's mission is to strengthen local capacity for conducting independent, rigorous inquiry into the problems facing the management of economies in sub-Saharan Africa.

That mission rests on two basic 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 group of locally based professional economists to conduct policy-relevant research. Specifically, then, AERC intends to:

  • Enhance the capacity of locally based researchers to conduct policy-relevant economic inquiry,
  • Promote the retention of such capacity, and
  • Encourage its application in the policy context.

Donor governments, private foundations, and African and international organizations support the AERC programme, which has two primary components: research and training. The AERC Research Programme uses a flexible approach towards improving the technical skills of local researchers, allowing for regional determination of research priorities and strengthening national institutions concerned with economic policy research. The programme also fosters closer ties between researchers and policy makers. The Training Programme supports both master's and doctoral level studies in economics and helps improve the capacities of departments of economics in public universities across the continent. A comprehensive communications and outreach strategy encourages the application of AERC products to economic policy making.


Tasks: Research, Training, Funding, South-South Relations, Information

Target: PhD students, Deans, Academic Staff, Management

Country: All African Countries


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CPP - Collaborative PhD Programme

The Collaborative PhD Programme (CPP) in Economics was launched in December 2002 with the primary aim of strengthening teaching and research capacity in sub-Saharan African countries, increasing the pool of potential researchers and policy analysts, and gradually building-up and retaining African scholars in Africa, hence, leading to the eventual reduction of the brain drain from the continent. Further, the Programme was expected to increase output of professionals conversant with and specialists in African problems, thus leading to the possible emergence of various theories and African solutions to these problems. The Programme integrates theory, tools and African applications into academic teaching, hence, ensuring that the theory is firmly grounded on the empirical side.


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