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Designing Africa's Poverty Strategies: Expanding Local Capacity to Simulate Policy Options

Project name/title
Designing Africa's Poverty Strategies: Expanding Local Capacity to Simulate Policy Options
Year:
2006
Theme:
Africa's Economic Development
Abstract:
In 2003, UNU-WIDER launched its project on Designing Africa’s Poverty Strategies: Creating the Capacity for Policy Simulation to develop economic modelling capacity in African countries. The project director provided regular training workshops (14 workshops) and on-going technical support to research teams from Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia that enabled country teams to build microsimulation models of tax and transfers or macroeconomic models of their economies. The project also included construction of a user-friendly website that currently hosts 10 country specific microsimulation models. The website enables policymakers and researchers to have direct access to the models to design tax and expenditure policies and quantitatively assess their impacts on poverty, inequality and the budget. This simulation website is the first of its kind developed for African countries (http://african-models.wider.unu.edu).
Director:
Assistant:
Workshops
Content:
This project has constructed and applied microsimulation models for ten African countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
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