African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) will be holding its twentieth annual Senior Policy Seminar (SPSXX) in Kampala, Uganda on March 12–13, 2018 on the theme Regional Integration in Africa, cohosted by the Bank of Uganda. AERC convenes an annual forum that provides high level African policy makers the opportunity to come together to dialogue on the results of research conducted by AERC and its affiliates, exchange policy experiences and interact with the researchers in an atmosphere of peers. The themes of these seminars are selected on the basis of topicality and contemporary interest to African policy making.
AERC Senior policy seminar provides an opportunity for policy makers and researchers to engage in uninterrupted deliberations on a set of important issues considered significant to policy making in Africa. The seminar format insulates the policy makers from pressures related to their responsibilities and, thus, creates an environment for lively professional discourse on the selected issue.
Aside from the specific aims of bringing researchers and policy makers together, the senior policy seminars are directly useful to AERC because they help identify research imperatives crucial to transforming Africa. They also improve prospects for policy involvement of the researchers and enhance AERC’s visibility in the policy community. Thus, the seminars highlight the growing capacity in the region for policy research and, on the whole, provide important feedback to AERC for its research and training programs.
Exchange of country-specific experiences is particularly important in these seminars. The policy makers are normally identified for their interest in policy research issues and the level of seniority in policy analysis and policy making. Policy makers report that they have found their experiences in the seminars very useful. The information exchanged helps them update their knowledge in current policy-oriented research and identify key issues relevant to their duties. Researchers are typically balanced between the Anglophone and the Francophone, and attendance by the Francophone policy makers is highly encouraged.
ECDPM’s Bruce Byiers will be speaking at this Seminar.