The 2018 UNU-WIDER Annual Lecture will be given on 14 September by Professor Ernest Aryeetey.
Prof. Aryeetey will discuss “The Political Economy of Structural Transformation — Has Democracy Failed African Economies?”
In the last six decades, various political regimes and economic policies have been tried in Africa, all intended to quicken the pace of economic development and necessary structural transformation of the economies. While most states have moved from authoritarian regimes with relatively open economies to embrace democracy and liberal economic systems, growing dissatisfaction with outcomes of recent economic experiments has undermined confidence in liberal economic policies and democratic institutions.
Prof. Aryeetey’s lecture will review the evidence on why governments do not pay enough attention to structural reforms. It will argue that African nations have no choice but to go back to basics, relying on new technologies and effective economic policies to pursue structural transformation.
Professor Ernest Aryeetey is the Secretary General of the African Research Universities Alliance. Previously, he served as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana and as Director and non-resident Senior Fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He served two terms as Chair of the UNU-WIDER Board and is currently a member of the UNU Council.
His research focuses on the economics of development and the role of institutions in development, regional integration, economic reform, financial systems in support of development, and small enterprise development. He has served as an expert advisor to numerous major international commissions and working groups, including as a member of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals Task Force on Growth and Poverty Reduction.
For more, see the event announcement on the UNU-WIDER website.