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BRIEF May 15, 2020

World Bank/ African Economic Research Consortium Visiting Scholars Program

Overview

The World Bank-African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Visiting Scholars Program offers an opportunity for four-month research placements for AERC scholars to join the World Bank and its partners to contribute to World Bank research programs and projects in their field of expertise and to enhance their own research relevant to economic development in Africa. The program aims to: (i) boost economic policy research in Sub-Saharan Africa; (ii) strengthen linkages between African scholars and the global research community in the areas of economic policy, academic research, and graduate training; and (iii) enhance skills and research outputs (i.e. publications and coursework) of African scholars by providing them direct access to wider and better information, network, economic research and data accessible via the World Bank and partner organizations.

2020 Visiting Scholars

Pouirkèta Rita Nikiema (January 2020 - June 2020)

Pouirkèta Rita Nikiema joined the AERC-WB Visiting Scholars program in January 2020 from her position as as a lecturer-researcher at the Economics and Management Department of “Université Norbert Zongo” in Burkina Faso. She holds a Ph.D in Applied Economics from University Cheick Anta Diop in Senegal with the Inter University Graduate program (PTCI), and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Economics from “Université Ouaga II” in Burkina Faso. Her doctoral research examined the impact of school feeding programs on enrollment and attendance for girls and analyzed the determinants of child nutritional status, particularly, the role of mother’s education and environmental factors in Burkina Faso. Her research interests are broadly in the economics of education, nutrition, health, labor, human capital, gender, and youth employment.

As a Visiting Scholar, she will work on two main projects: the first project, which is under the AERC thematic research, titled “Women Empowerment in Agriculture and Children Nutritional Status in Rural Burkina Faso” and the “Improving Africa’s Land Governance for Economic Transformation” regional study at the Africa Chief Economist’s Office (AFRCE). More broadly, Rita will support AFRCE on research and policy in sub-Saharan Africa.

Ramaele Moshoeshoe (February 2020 - June 2020)

Ramaele Moshoeshoe (February 2020 - May 2020) joined the AERC-WB Visiting Scholars program in January 2020 from his position as a lecturer in the Department of Economics, National University of Lesotho. He received his PhD in Economics in 2015 from the University of Cape Town. His research interests lie in the intersection of applied microeconomics, labor economics and economics of education.

 In 2016-2017, He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, under the Transfer Project, where he began working on impact evaluation of cash transfer programs on human capital development. His research work has been published in international journals such as the Journal of African Economies, and the Education Economics journal. As World Bank-AERC Visiting Scholar, he will be supporting the AFRCE on a new research project - Positioning Africa to Effectively Claim the 21st Century.

Tsambou André Dumas (February 2020 - June 2020)

Tsambou André Dumas (February 2020 - May 2020), is a researcher in Applied Microeconomics (industrial economics, innovation, and firms) affiliated to the Centre for Studies and Research in Economics and Management (CEREG), the Research Centre in Applied Microeconomics (REMA) and monitor at the University of Yaoundé II-Soa (Cameroon). His doctoral research examines the effect of innovative behaviour on firm performance in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. His research focuses on microeconomics of development where he is interested in issues of innovation, financing, efficiency, productivity, competitiveness and firm performance. He is the author of several publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals including African Development and the Review of International Comparative Management. He regularly participates in the writing of survey reports, scientific reports, conference reports and book chapters. As an AERC-World Bank Visiting Scholar, he will work on two main projects.  The first project is under the AERC thematic research entitled "Innovation adoption and productivity of enterprises in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa: the case of Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal". Secondly, he will work on the “Continent-Wide Digital Economy for Africa” regional study at the Africa Chief Economist’s Office (AFRCE). More broadly, Dumas will support AFRCE on research and policy in sub-Saharan Africa.

2019 Visiting Scholars

Dr. Romuald Foueka

Dr. Foueka is a researcher with the African Economic Research Consortium. He joined the Office of the Chief Economist, Africa Region as an African Economic Research Consortium Visiting Scholar. He joined the Bank as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Yaoundé II in Cameroon. His field of expertise is in the area of Education Economics and Public Finance.

He holds a PHD in Economics from the University of Francois Rabelais of Tours in France where he wrote his thesis on Public Spending on Education and Human Development in Cameroon.

During his time as a Visiting Scholar, Romuald’s research was on the determinant analysis of school performance on basic education in sub-Saharan French countries. He also worked with World Bank staff in his thematic areas and contributed to ongoing activities in the Office of the Chief Economist for Africa.

Dr. Trust Reason Mpofu

Dr. Mpofu is a researcher with the African Economic Research Consortium. He joined the Office of the Chief Economist, Africa Region from the University of Cape Town in South Africa where he was a Carnegie Postdoctoral Research Fellow and part-time lecturer in the School of Economics. His research interests include economics of exchange rates, international macroeconomics, financial sector development with a focus on credit risk in the banking system, and monetary economics.

He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town, an MSc in Economics, and a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe.

During his scholarship, Trust’s role was to support research and policy development on Sub-Saharan Africa in the Office of the Chief Economist for Africa. He also worked with Bank staff in his thematic areas.

2018 Visiting Scholars

Dr. Elizabeth Nanziri Lwanga

Dr. Lwanga is a researcher with the African Economic Research Consortium. She joined the Office of the Chief Economist, Africa Region from the University of Oxford where she was undertaking research in development economics. Her research focus is financial inclusion for households and firms, behavioral economics, gender and welfare.  She also has substantial experience with the policy making process in East and Southern Africa. Prior to her current role, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Savings Institute, under the Ministry of Finance in South Africa and the Industrial Development Corporation.

She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town, an MA in Economic Policy and Planning, and a BA (Hons) in Economics and Political Science from Makerere University in Uganda.

During her time as a Visiting Scholar, Elizabeth’s role was to assist the Office of the Chief Economist, Africa Region with the implementation of the Think Africa Partnership, and to conduct research on Africa extractives, and gender- related initiatives.