In December 2015 the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) and South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) co-hosted a one-day conference to discuss key issues influencing China-Africa relations. Participants included researchers from DEGRP's China-Africa research stream and SAIIA, as well as other participants from academia and the private sector.
On 3 December 2015, African TV station CNBC interviewed DEGRP China-Africa researcher Giles Mohan and researcher Ross Harvey from the South African Institute of International Relations (SAIIA). You can catch up with the interview at the CNBC website.
On 2 November 2015, international policy makers, business managers, academics and members of civil society gathered together at a one-day conference hosted by the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), University of Oxford and DEGRP to present research findings and share world-class knowledge in the field of innovation in low-income countries. Event footage includes the keynote speech from Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO, as well as panel sessions and audience Q&A.
Africa has seen unprecedented economic growth in the last decade, and China's engagement in sub-Saharan Africa has played a significant part. In these video interviews, researchers from DEGRP's China-Africa research stream offer their views on the current state of play, and highlight their research.
DEGRP's China-Africa research examines the impact of Chinese engagement on the continent and aims to evaluate what lessons China’s own economic transformation can offer other developing countries.
In this series of interviews, researchers from the programme provide a snapshot of their specific research areas, which range from the employment impact of Chinese business in Africa, to the role of local government for economic growth.
Following the DEGRP/REPOA Workshop in Dar es Saleem in February 2015, leading experts and policy-makers give their take on the challenges and solutions for economic transformation in Tanzania. The playlist includes a short film, as well as individual interviews - including the Governor of the Bank of Tanzania.
The report delves deeply into the narrative of 'Africa rising' to discover whether growth in some parts of the continent is delivering proportional improvements in well-being for ordinary people and sustainable transformation for African economies. We interviewed Amoako and Ansu to find out more about the report.
What's the difference between growth and transformation?
KY Amoako: We say that growth is important, but that's not sufficient to transform the economies to create more jobs and improve the lives of people...
The African Transformation Report argues that Africa needs 'growth with DEPTH' - what does this mean?
KY Amoako: Africa is growing, that is the good news. But we've seen this picture before...
What do Africa governments and donor agencies need to do to promote growth with DEPTH?
KY Amoako: Transformation is a long term process - you need to have a plan, coordinated policies and effective partnerships between the private sector and the state...
Yaw Ansu was the main author of the report. He explained three of the pathways to economic transformation that the report proposes:
How can Africa leverage its abundant labour to transform manufacturing?
Yaw Ansu: Although labour is cheap, if you factor in productivity in it is not so cheap - so the question is how do you increase skills levels and productivity...
How can the extractive sector contribute to Africa's long term transformation?
Yaw Ansu: Despite the popularity of the 'resource curse' theory, Africa can benefit from it's extractive sector if it gets a fair deal...
What's the role of agriculture in economic transformation?
Yaw Ansu: if you're interested in improving people's lives, doing something that affects productivity and income level in agriculture is very important...
Read more about the launch of the African Transformation Report and watch videos from the event on the ODI website.
DEGRP grant holder's PLAAS have just released a short documentary online:
Cultivating Unemployment takes a hard look at the realities of rural economies in South Africa and begins to grapple with the policy implications of these realities. The video shows the challenges and difficulties involved in creating rural economies that can multiply benefits for rural dwellers.
In February, DEGRP interviewed some leading experts and decision-makers on their views on economic transformation and growth in Bangladesh's manufacturing and agriculture sectors.
Find out more about the DEGRP Policy Dialogue.
The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) has just produced a trailer for a forthcoming video based on a case study from their DEGRP project. The trailer explores Weenen, KwaZulu Natal, a vegetable growing district surrounded by traditional settlements and a nearby township. In this area, South African industry and agriculture are shedding jobs and smallscale and largescale farmers face significant challenges. In a system where the agricultural value chains are highly concentrated the research asks: What kind of agriculture can create jobs?
In this podcast ODI asks what we know for sure about structural transformation in low-income countries. The podcast includes an interview with Francis Mulangu of the African Centre for Economic Development (ACET), a DEGRP grant holder.