On 28 and 29 October 2016, DEGRP, the Overseas Development Institute and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) co-hosted a conference in Nairobi, Kenya exploring how to boost inclusive economic growth in low-income countries.
Over 100 researchers, policymakers and business representatives came together to discuss how agriculture, financial sector development, and innovation - the three core areas covered by DEGRP research - can be harnessed to build better economic opportunities for all.
Senior policy officials and business representatives present included: Sheila M’Mbijjewe, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya; Admassu Tadesse, President and CEO of PTA Bank; H.E. Kerfalla Yansane, Senior Minister, Office of the President, Guinea; Njuguna Ndung’u, Former Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya; Linda Kwamboka, CEO of Mfarm Ltd; Pete Vowles, Country Director, Department for International Development, Kenya Office, Sheriffo Bojang, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Gambia; and Keith Jefferis, Director of Econsult Botswana.
DEGRP speakers included: Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Francesco Cecchi, Julius Gatune, Cesar Revoredo Giha, Hans Komakech, and Cyriaque Hakizimana on agriculture; Victor Murinde, Johan Rewilak, Ricardo Gottschalk, and Peter Knaack on finance; and Atonu Rabbani, Bansi Malde, Samuel Wangwe, Maureen Mackintosh, and George Essegbey on innovation.
To find out more about the conference, browse our selection of conference materials below.
Keynote speech transcription: Admassu Tadesse
Keynote PowerPoint: Sheila M'Mbijjewe
Selected media articles:
- Agriculture stakeholders urge govt, to leverage on agriculture to spur economy – Citizen Digital, home of Citizen TV, largest TV station in Kenya.
- Banking sector not fully structured to support economy – The Star Digital
- All smallholder farmers to have access to credit by 2020 says AERC – X-News Digital
- DEGRP, AERC push for inclusive economy in Africa - The African Business Fortune Magazine