Meeting in Addis important input for Platform’s knowledge strategy

A policy research seminar

Groepsfoto Seminar Addis

The Knowledge Platform on Development Policies organized the two-day seminar Achieving Inclusive Development in Africa. On 13 and 14 May more than 60 participants gathered at UNECA premises in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to engage with policy-makers and academics from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union (AU), the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa (UNECA), and other regional and national organisations and think tanks.

The seminar was co-organized by ODI and the Knowledge Platform on Development Policies, in cooperation with the Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa and UNECA.

Day 1 of the seminar focused on the policy implications of recent research on the experience of economic transformation and inclusive development in countries in Africa and Southeast Asia, and the conditions for the emergence and consolidation of developmental regimes in Africa. Particular attention was given to the cases of Ethiopia and Rwanda.

Day 2 of the programme focused on productive employment and social protection. These are the research themes the Knowledge Platform selected as key policy areas for achieving inclusive development. There were presentations by Amb. Dr Olewale Maiyegun, director of the Social Affairs Department at the AU, Dr William Baah-Boateng of Ghana University, Dr Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo, Executive Director of the African Institute for Health and Development in Nairobi (on social protection), Dr Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Mr Jalal Abdel-Latif of the Capacity Development Division of UNECA.

The presentations can be found here.

The discussions have provided relevant input for the Platform Meeting held on May 15 during which the Platform’s knowledge strategy was discussed. This strategy includes cooperation 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.



Date of publishing: 23-05-14

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.