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BOTTOM-UP INTERVENTIONS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Co-sponsored by the
African Economic Research Consortium and
Cornell University
Hotel Intercontinental
Nairobi, Kenya



The AERC, in collaboration with Cornell University, organized the “Bottom-Up Intervention and Economic Growth in Africa.” This conference was motivated by the observation that while macro level policy reforms in Africa has addressed many of the economic distortions, its payoff in terms of growth and poverty reduction has been disappointing, to say the least. One reason for this may be that Africa is faced with many constraints to growth at the micro and meso levels. If this is the case, then addressing these constraints along with macro level reforms is likely to benefit poverty reduction and growth directly. Addressing these constraints, especially those faced by the poor, will improve the well being of the poor and also have positive feedback effects on the well being of the non-poor and growth generally.

The objective of this conference, therefore, was to explore the feedback effects of a range of specific bottom up interventions on growth in general. A key feature of these interventions is that they operate in the first instance at the micro and meso levels, but they also have macro level consequences for economic growth.

The conference presented theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented papers that investigated these feedback effects in rigorous manner. Seeking to foster interaction and dialogue between academics and policy-makers to ensure the relevance of the conference in promoting more enlightened decision-making in the African context, the discussants were drawn largely from policy-making communities. Round tables served as forums to assess the contribution of the evidence presented to the information needs of policy-makers, and to provideguidance on further research needs.

In addition to the presence of Dr. Hezron Nyangito, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, other key personalities that participated were Grace Ongile, CEO, (New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Nairobi; Thomas Kibua, Executive Director, Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR); John Page, Chief Economist, World Bank; and Stephen Haykin, USAID Mission Director in Kenya; and Rosemary Atieno, Insitute of Development Studies. Cornell University was represented by Professors David Sahn and Ravi Kanbur. Professor William Lyakurwa, Executive Director, and Olu Ajakaiye, Director of Research, represented AERC.

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Day 1: Thursday, 31 May, 2007

Day 2: Friday, 1 June, 2007



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