July 1, 2014
From June 18 to 20, the 15th GDN* (Global Development Network) Annual Conference was convened in Accra, the capital of Ghana under the theme of “Structural Transformation in Africa and Beyond.” JICA-RI, which serves as the hub institution for GDN-Japan, hosted two parallel sessions entitled “Industrializing Africa” and “Building Resilience beyond 2015.”
On June 18, JICA-RI co-hosted a parallel session entitled “Industrializing Africa” with the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) based at Columbia University. The collaborative research results of JICA-RI and IPD focusing on industrial policies in Africa were shared with the participants. SRA Hosono presented a case study with a focus on three key dimensions in the process of structural economic transformation: changes in the initial condition to enable a transformation (readiness); factors that initiate the changes (trigger); and elements that maintain and promote the momentum of transformation (drivers). From IPD, Professor Akbar Norman of Columbia University and Senior Fellow John Page of the Brookings Institution gave presentations respectively.
Director Kato（second from left）
At the conference, winners were selected and announced for the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project and Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development sponsored by the World Bank’s Policy and Human Resources Development Fund, which the Japanese government contributes to. Director Kato, as a chairperson of the selection committee, presented the award to the researchers at the closing ceremony.
*GDN is a non-profit international body that aims to present and share recent research results through networking. The headquarters of GDN is based in New Delhi, India. JICA-RI is a hub institution of GDN Japan, one of the eleven GDN regional networks.
|Day||June 18, 2014(Wed) - June 20, 2014(Fri)|