World Bank/ African Economic Research Consortium Visiting Scholars Program

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. work on African economic policy issues. The programOffering four-month placements for scholars, 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.

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 Yaounde 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.

Source: The World Bank

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