In Africa, policies are easily pronounced but difficult to implement and several of them are essentially abandoned suggesting that the links between policy and policy research are very tenuous, to say the least. This presentation is an attempt to explore the causes of these tenuous links and to suggest that policy research carried out by a partnership between African researchers and their international counterparts in the context of a network is one strategy for strengthening them taking account of the contemporary policy making process

Date: Friday 14 September 2007
Time: 10:00-11:30
Venue: Postmøterom, CMI, Fantoftvegen 38

Professor David Olusanya Ajakaiye is an economist and director of research at African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) in Nairobi. He has worked at the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Ibadan for 29 years. NISER is the premier policy research organization in Nigeria. From 1999-2004 he was Director-General.

Prof. Ajakaiye obtained his PhD in 1984 from Boston University, Boston, USA. He specializes in economic development policy analysis and development planning using a variety of quantitative techniques including econometrics, input-output analysis and computable general equilibrium (CGE) models.

Prof. Ajakaiye was a member of various planning bodies in Nigeria. As a consultant, he has worked with several international organizations, including the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Carnegie Corporation, the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), the European Union and the World Bank. Among other high level international positions he held while at NISER, he was Vice President for Africa, Intergovernmental Council of Management of Social Transformations (MOST) of UNESCO (2000-2004). In 1993 he was a visiting researcher at Université Laval under the AERC institutional attachment programme.