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Roundtable Discussion: The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Africa

June 18, 2009 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Institute for Policy Studies and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Present a roundtable discussion, moderated by Foreign Policy In Focus co-director Emira Woods, that will attempt to answer some of the following questions:

What is the impact on women, workers, and small-holder farmers?
What are the challenges but also the opportunities that the crisis presents for the continent?
What is Africa’s economic outlook?
Is the continent in a better position to weather this crisis than it was in the ’80s and ’90s?
Could the crisis bring an end to the Washington Consensus?
What are the opportunities for structural change that meets the needs of people and the planet?

List of speakers:

Jose Gijon, Chief Africa economist and Head of the Africa Desk, OECD Development Centre
Regina Amadi, Former Head of Africa, International Labor Organization
Tony Avignan, Economic Policy Institute
Briggs Bomba, Associate Director, Africa Action
Leonce Ndkumana, Director of Development Research, African Development Bank

This event is co-sponsored by Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Africa Action, Transafrica Forum John Hopkins School of Advanced Studies, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars, American University’s Africa Council, and the Foreign Policy In Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies.


June 18, 2009
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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