Parallel session
Africa’s lions

The joint UNU-WIDER, Brookings and University of Cape Town “Africa’s Lions” project, culminated in an edited book volume which aimed to define some of the key constraints facing African economies as they attempt to maintain long-run economic growth and a stable development trajectory.

Despite a growing body of research on African economies, scant analytical emphasis has been given to the relationship between economic growth and employment outcomes at the detailed country level. Through harnessing country-level household, firm, and national accounts data - together with existing analytical country research - the authors of the edited volume have attempted to bridge this gap through their country case studies (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa).

This session will review this work and look to the future.

Session videos

Parallel 6.3 | Africa's lions

William Baah-Boateng | Njuguna Ndung’u | Sam Jones | Karmen Naidoo | Q&A - Discussant: Lemma Senbet

Haroon Bhorat | Chair

Haroon Bhorat is Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. He’s co-authored two books and published over 150 academic journal articles, book chapters and working papers. He is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a member of the World Bank’s Commission on Global Poverty, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour. 

William Baah-Boateng | Presenter | Presentation

William Baah-Boateng is an Associate Professor of Economics. His research focuses on economics of labour and labour market institutions; skills development, gender analysis and development economics. Dr Baah-Boateng is a Fellow of International Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS), based in Accra and Editor of the Ghanaian Journal of Economics. He is also a member of Ghanaian Presidential Commitee on Emolument and advices the Ghana Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare.

Njuguna Ndung’u | Presenter | Presentation

Njuguna Ndung’u is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and the Executive Director of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). Previously, he served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya. His work has been widely published. In recognition of his role in national economic development he was awarded the Award of First Class of Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear in 2009.

Sam Jones | Presenter | Presentation

Sam Jones is a development economist with interests in applied economic and policy analysis in developing countries, focussing on sub-Saharan Africa and Lusophone Africa in particular. He works extensively with macro- and micro-economic data from developing countries, applying a range of empirical tools. Dr Jones has professional field experience including seven years advising the government of Mozambique, as well as shorter visits to Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Vietnam among others.

Karmen Naidoo | Presenter | Presentation

Karmen Naidoo is a PhD candidate at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Previously she was a Senior Researcher at Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research focuses on development economics with focus on financial sector, financial inclusion, Small & Medium Size Enterprise (SME) financing.

Lemma Senbet | Discussant | Presentation

The William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance at the University of Maryland and former Executive Director of African Economic Research Consortium. Prof Senbet has has received numerous recognitions for his impact on the finance profession. He has been elected twice as director of the American Finance Association (AFA) and is a past president of the Western Finance Association (WFA). In 2000, Prof Senbet was inducted into the Financial Economists Roundtable (FER), a distinguished group of world-wide financial economists. In 2006, he was inducted Fellow of the Financial Management Association (FMA) International in recognition of his career-long distinguished scholarship. In 2005, Prof Senbet was awarded an honorary doctorate by Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia's flagship university.