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14. AFRONOMICS: Ten Years of Africa’s Progress

"Over the last decade, we have been riding the wave of the “Africa Rising” narrative through the economic ups and downs in the region."

Ten years ago, the world was fighting its way out of a global financial crisis, but prospects wer... view more

About the Presenters

Shanta Devarajan

Chief Economist, World Bank GroupAfrica

Shanta Devarajan is the Senior Director for Development Economics (DEC) and the acting World Bank Group Chief Economist. Previously, he was the Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region. Since joining the World Bank in 1991, he has been a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, and the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network, the South Asia Region and Africa Region. He was a director of the World Development Report 2004, Making Services Work for Poor People. Before 1991, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The author or co-author of over 100 publications, Mr. Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries. Born in Sri Lanka, Mr. Devarajan received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Shanta's latest blog posts can also be found on his blog, Future Development.

Punam Chuhan-Pole

Lead Economist, World Bank Africa Region, Africa

Her recent work includes the semi-annual publication—Africa’s Pulse—which presents economic trends and prospects for the region’s economies and analysis of issues shaping Africa’s future, a report on the Socioeconomic Impact of Mining on Local Communities in Africa, and a study documenting recent development progress—Yes Africa Can: Success Stories from a Dynamic Continent. Punam has also been a member of the core team producing the Global Monitoring Report, a joint World Bank-IMF annual publication. Her area of expertise includes aid and development, improving the quality and effectiveness of aid, links between donor allocations and recipient policies, and the changing aid landscape and the role of new public and private development players. She has also worked extensively on monitoring and assessing the vulnerability of developing countries to external shocks, analyzing the determinants of private capital flows, and evaluating the debt defaults of the 1980s and 1990s. Punam led the Bank’s participation in the Inter-Agency Task Force on Finance Statistics and has collaborated closely with staff from the BIS, ECB, IMF, and OECD in establishing new international standards on the measurement and reporting of debt and other financial obligations and in preparing the new Debt Guide.

Cesar Calderon

Lead Economist, World Bank Africa Region, Africa

Cesar Calderon, a Peruvian national, is a Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist of the Africa Region (AFRCE). He holds a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester, New York. He joined the Bank in 2005 and had worked at the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Chief Economist Office (LCRCE), the FPD Chief Economist Office (FPDCE), and the World Development Report (DECWD). He was a core team member of the 2013 Global Financial Development Report “Rethinking the Role of the State in Finance” and the 2014 World Development Report “Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development” (Chapter on macroeconomic risk management). Since 2014, he has been a core team member of the “Africa’s Pulse,” regional flagship on recent macroeconomic developments in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also has been a task team leader of AFRCE regional research projects, such as “Africa’s Macroeconomic Vulnerabilities” and “Boosting Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Cesar has worked on issues of open economy macroeconomics, growth, and development—especially, the growth impact of infrastructure development and outward-oriented strategies. He is currently working on issues of dynamics of capital flows and their link to boom-bust cycles in finance, trade diversification and growth, and policy determinants of macroeconomic resilience.

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Mahaman Mourtala

- Nov 26, 2021
Great!

EBRAHIM

- Aug 16, 2021
Great

jose luis

- Jun 15, 2021
muy interesante

Anvar

- Jun 11, 2021
Interesting!

Navruza

- Mar 4, 2021
this is great

Ki

- Feb 18, 2021
good!

MOHAMMAD

- Feb 18, 2021
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