Leading experts to explore link between economic development and institutional change at Namur conference
Sector experts to attend first conference of trailblazing, new research programme.
On Monday, the University of Namur will play host to world-famous academics, researchers and policy experts as they gather to tackle one of the most fundamental challenges in international development: how best to achieve positive institutional change?
The pioneering Economic Development and Institutions (EDI) research programme – funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) – aims to create a body of evidence on the ‘levers’ for institutional change that strengthen inclusive growth and development. It will achieve this by bringing together experts from both the academic and policy implementation spheres.
The five year programme, led by Oxford Policy Management, brings together a consortium of organisations under the academic direction of world-renowned economists François Bourguignon and Jean-Philippe Platteau. Other partners include the Paris School of Economics, Centre of Research in the Economics of Development (CRED) at the University of Namur and Aide à la Décision Economique.
The landmark Namur conference is a key opportunity for the programme stakeholders to meet, share ideas and knowledge and set the research agenda for the coming years. The conference will see the presentation of a series of agenda-shaping pathfinding papers that will review existing evidence on institutions and growth, identify knowledge gaps and define key areas for further research. Importantly, ensuring the policy-relevance of findings is a key focus of the programme to which all research activities are geared.
EDI Programme Director and Chief Economist at Oxford Policy Management, Mark Henstridge, said: ‘Namur gives us a unique, exciting opportunity to share knowledge and exchange ideas. The pathfinder papers are one part of a suite of research actions that will help pave the way towards a better understanding of how institutional changes impact on economic development. Crucially, EDI differs from other initiatives, not only in the breadth of its scope, but also in its focus on turning research into practical actions through policy engagement. Namur marks the first step on this journey towards more informed policymaking.’
The two day conference will be structured around presentations from the authors of the pathfinder papers and other key project stakeholders, including economists, political scientists, legal scholars and historians. Academic insights will be complemented by those from experts with frontline policy experience policy experts including the Governor of the Bank of Tanzania, Professor Benno Ndulu and Stefan Dercon, Chief Economist at DFID.
The final versions of the pathfinding papers will be published in the summer and will be available on the EDI website here.