Seminar ‘Achieving Inclusive Development in Africa’

The Knowledge Platform on Development Policies is organizing a two-day seminar Achieving Inclusive Development in Africa.

The seminar is co-hosted by UNECA and will be held 13-14th May at UNECA premises in Addis Ababa.

The objective of the seminar is to engage with policy-makers and academics from the African Development Bank, the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa and other regional and national organisations and think tanks.

The Platform wants to explore how it can cooperate with African institutions and country-based  researchers and policy makers in knowledge sharing and knowledge uptake around the country specific research projects supported by the Platform.

The seminar will result in recommendations to the Platform on knowledge activities it could initiate. On 15th May the Platform will hold a meeting to discuss a plan for these knowledge activities.


The seminar is co-organised by ODI and the Knowledge Platform on Development Policies, in cooperation with the Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa and UNECA. The background and objectives of the seminar have been elaborated in a Concept Note that you find attached, along with a draft program.

Day 1 of the seminar will focus on the policy implications of recent research on two topics: the experience of economic transformation and inclusive development in countries of Africa and Southeast Asia; and the conditions for the emergence and consolidation of developmental regimes in Africa, with particular attention to the cases of Ethiopia and Rwanda.

Day 2 of the program focuses on Productive Employment and Social Protection, the research themes the Knowledge Platform selected as key policy areas for achieving inclusive development.

Speakers on Day 2 include Dr Agnes Soucat (Director Human Development at the African Development Bank), Ambassador Febe Potgieter-Gqubule (advisor to Dr Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AUC), Dr Basil Jones, assistant to the Chief Economist of the African Development Bank, Dr William Baah-Boateng of Ghana University (on productive employment)and Dr Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo, Executive Director of the African Institute for Health and Development in Nairobi (on social protection).

Date of publishing: 06-05-14

About this knowledge platform

INCLUDE was initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2012 to ‘make knowledge work’ for policymakers and practitioners. INCLUDE is an independent knowledge platform that shares knowledge and insights on inclusive development in Africa with Dutch and African policymakers and practitioners, including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As such, our platform aims to contribute to more effective Dutch foreign trade and development cooperation policies, as well as regional and national policies for inclusive development in Africa.