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International Development Guest Lecture Series: Dr. Dirk Willem te Velde

University of East London IDGL Series with Dr. Dirk Willem te Velde

University of East London Development Guest Lecture Series 2019 is produced in conjunction with the Centre for Social Justice and Social Change, School of Social Sciences, Docklands Campus.

Tuesday 26 November 5-6pm - EBG.08
Dr. Dirk Willem te Velde,
Principal Research Fellow and Head of the International Economic Group, Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

‘Economic Transformation and Job Creation in Africa’.

African countries have grown relatively fast since the mid-1990s, but this growth has not been sufficiently transformative, inclusive or job rich. There has been a lack of economic transformation, defined as moving resources from low to high productivity activities, both within and between sectors. Transformation is now needed more than ever, to create sufficient quality jobs that can address Africa’s large demographic challenges. This presentation will touch on the work of ODI’s Supporting Economic Transformation programme in Africa, including the use of data and analytical techniques to assess transformation experiences; the role of manufacturing vs. services, and digitalisation, and the role and quality of industrial policy in Africa, with specific applications to Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. Research and analysis is available here:

Dr Dirk Willem te Velde is a Principal Research Fellow and head of the International Economic Development Group. He is the director of Supporting Economic Transformation and a Research Leader for the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme. He has published widely on trade, investment and economic transformation. He has advised country governments and parliaments in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and donor agencies such as DFID, European Commission, UN and the World Bank. He was also Team Leader for the European Report on Development (ERD) 2015 on Combining Finance and Policies to Implement a Transformative Post-2015 Agenda.

*This event is only open to University of East London staff and students.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Docklands Campus

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