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World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program



World Bank Group

WBG Africa Fellowship Program

Launched in 2013, the World Bank Group (WBG) Africa Fellowship Program targets young talented African nationals who are completing or recently completed a Ph.D. in an area relevant to the World Bank’s work. The fellowship program has been very successful since its inception, building a strong pipeline of young African talent interested in a career in development, in international institutions, African governments, think tanks, and academia. The program offers chosen fellows a six-month assignment at World Bank Group (WBG) offices in Washington D.C. or in country offices to gain hands-on experience in the operations of the WBG. This includes knowledge generation and dissemination, design of global and country policies, and the building of institutions to achieve inclusive growth in developing countries. While benefitting from research and innovation in multiple sectors, fellows will also work on research, economic policy, technical assistance, and lending operations that contribute to the World Bank’s goal of eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity.

The WBG’s Africa fellows have proven to be valuable resources for their hiring units. They contribute to the work program of their respective units and to the World Bank’s mission. In the process they (i) gain a better understanding of the World Bank’s operations; (ii) access quality data for their research; (iii) interact with and learn from seasoned experts in the field of development.

The application period opens between August and September of each year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a Sub-Saharan national who are recent Ph.D. graduates, or current doctoral students within a year of completing or graduating from a Ph.D. program in all relevant field of development, including, but not limited to economics, education, health, governance, energy, agriculture, infrastructure, demography.
  • Have an excellent command of English, both written and verbal
  • Be under the age of 32 by the closing of the application period

About the 2019 Cohort

The 2019 cohort attracted 1,459 candidates, of which 83 were shortlisted as potential Fellows ready for hire, which represents candidates from 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program selected 17 finalists as the 2019 WBG-Africa Fellows, two of which are sponsored by the Private Sector Development (PSD) Window of the Think Africa Partnership Program. Eight of the 17 WBG-Africa Fellows are women representing more than 47 percent of the 2019 cohort. This is in line with our goal of ensuring that women are fairly represented in capacity building programs in the region.

Fellows are working in the following units across the World Bank: Agriculture, Education, Gender, Governance, the Africa Chief Economist’s Office, Water, Social Protection and Labor, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (MTI), the Human Capital Project, and the Digital Moonshot.

Country

Fellow

WB Unit

Research Focus

Benin

MODESTE DAYÉ

Social Protection & Labor

Development economics and questions related to financial inclusion, labor, intra-households resource allocation and behavioral biases in agent’s decision making

Burkina Faso

ALEXANDRE HENRY  

Office of the Chief Economist for Africa

Macroeconomics and includes monetary policy, fiscal policy and development issues in resource rich economics

Cameroon

ARLETTE SIMO FOTSO

Human Capital Project

Health, education and labor economics and economic demography, with a special focus on disability, HIV, child's health outcomes, family processes and socio-economic inequalities

Cameroon

BODEL AYMELE GNINTEDEM

Education

The application of spatial econometric methods in field of health and education

Cameroon

MARIE CHRISTELLE MABEU

Office of the Chief Economist for Africa

Health

Economics, Demographic Economics, and

Political Economy

Comoros

AL-MOUKSIT AKIM

Social Protection and Labor

Migration, poverty and inequality, meta-analysis, and distributive effect of fiscal policy

Cote d’Ivoire

MOHAMED DIABY

Office of the Chief Economist for Africa

Interest span from economics of education to monetary policy

Cote d’Ivoire

KADY SYNTHIA KEITA

Governance

Effects of institutions and governance on countries macroeconomic performance

Ethiopia

SELAMAWIT DAMTEW AMARE

Water

Issues related to watershed and water resource management

Ethiopia

HABTAMU TESFAYE EDJIGU

Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment

Trade and Development in developing countries, especially issues related to Intra-Africa trade, landlocked-ness, deindustrialization, business environment, productivity, market reform, foreign direct investment, and impact evaluation

Ghana

THEOPHILINE BOSE-DUKER

Gender

Family economics with a focus on intra-household inequality, gender, and child welfare in developing countries

Ghana

SOLOMON OWUSU

Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment /AFRCE

Structural transformation, industrial policy, trade, sectoral linkages and education

Guinea

MAMADOU TANOU BALDE

Office of the Chief Economist for Africa

Public finance, monetary policy and macro-fiscal management of naturalresource-rich developing countries

Kenya

IMMACULATE NAFULA MACHASIO

Migration and Remittances

Development Economics, International Finance, Monetary Policy, Macroeconomics, Financial Economics and Applied Econometrics

Nigeria

CHIDOZIE ONYEDIKACHI ANYIRO

Agriculture

Agribusiness in developing economies, agricultural financing and social capital development, resource-use efficiency of small holder farmers, climate change adaptation strategies and gender issues on poverty

Nigeria

JENNIFER UJU OKONKWO

Water

The distributional and welfare impacts on the poor resulting from an environmental policy change

Nigeria

OLUWASEYI DOLAPO SOMEFUN

Human Capital Project

Sexual and reproductive health, family transitions, HIV/AIDS, social networks, research methodology, statistics, child and adolescent health