BRIEF July 31, 2018

World Bank/ African Economic Research Consortium Visiting Scholars Program


The World Bank/African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Visiting Scholars Program offers four-month research placements for AERC scholars to join the World Bank and its partners to work on African economic policy issues. The program is designed to provide opportunities for the scholars to contribute to World Bank research programs and projects in their field of expertise as well as enhance their own research relevant to economic development in Africa. The program aims to: (i) boost economic policy research in Sub-Saharan Africa via African scholars; (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, and economics research and data via the World Bank and partner organizations.

2018 Visiting Scholar

Dr. Elizabeth Nanziri Lwanga

Dr. Lwanga is a researcher with the African Economic Research Consortium. She joins the Office of the Chief Economist, Africa Region from the University of Oxford where she has been 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.

Her role is to assist the Office of the Chief Economist, Africa Region with the implementation of the Think Africa Partnership, research on Africa extractives, and gender- related initiatives.