4. Africa's Pulse: A Moderate Recovery and the Skills of the Future

"What are the key messages about the topic in skills in Africa?"

Join World Bank Chief Economist for Africa Albert Zeufack for a discussion with lead economists Punam Chuhan-Pole, David Evans, and Cesar Calderon on the most recent economic tre... view more

About the Presenters

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 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.

David Evans

Lead Economist, World Bank Africa Region, Africa

David is a Lead Economist in the Chief Economist's Office for the Africa Region of the World Bank. He coordinates impact evaluation work across sectors for the Africa Region. In the past, he worked as Senior Economist in the Human Development Department in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank, and as an economist designing and implementing impact evaluations in Africa. He has designed and implemented impact evaluations in agriculture, education, health, and social protection, in Brazil, the Gambia, Kenya, Mexico, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania. He has taught economic development at the Pardee RAND Graduate School of Public Policy, and he holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

César Calderón

Lead Economist, World Bank Africa Region, Africa

César Calderón, 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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MOHAMMAD

- Jan 20, 2021
Great course! informative and knowledgeable documents.

Tosin

- Jun 20, 2020
Very Good

Christian

- Jun 17, 2020
Very impactful

Mohammad Nadir

- Apr 24, 2020
Excellent!

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Dec 13, 2019
Great

Atar

- Nov 30, 2019
Study will be fruitful.

Engr. Babar

- Nov 4, 2019
Appreciated

Anvar

- Oct 10, 2019
interesting!

Monir

- Jul 4, 2019
Skills investment will enhance development efforts.

Monir

- Jul 4, 2019
Skills investment will enhance development efforts.
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