Launched in 2002, the Collaborative PhD Programme (CPP) in Economics’ primary aim is to strengthen teaching and research capacity in sub-Saharan African countries, to increase the pool of potential researchers and policy analysts, and to gradually build-up and retain African scholars in Africa, leading to an increase in capacity across the continent. CPP aims to increase output of professionals conversant with – and specialists in – African issues, leading to the possible emergence of various theories and African solutions to these problems. CPP integrates theory, tools and African applications into academic teaching, ensuring that theory is firmly grounded on the empirical side. Human and other resources available on the continent have been harnessed and pooled to produce a distinctive, common, uniform, high-quality doctoral programme in Africa.
From the outset, one of CPP’s comparative advantages is its direct relevance to Africa – in terms of research relevance, policy orientation, use of the African reality (data, literature, focus, and examples), and development of theories, literature, and academic materials relevant to Africa – than any comparable doctoral programmes in economics in the world.
The launch of AERC goes back to the late 1980s, when a small group of Africanists and African scholars began to recognize the disconnect between economic policy making and economic research in sub-Saharan Africa. Available research results, applied to other economies, did not always seem appropriate to the African context. And where such results were available, they were too often not put to use. Their concern swelled into a full-fledged idea; they had a discussion about a vehicle for pooling their expertise and applying it to the development of economic policy capacity in sub-Saharan Afric... read more
The scholarship is fully funded.
To qualify, candidates must
Requests should be supported by the following documentation:
Applications should be submitted to:
The Director of Training
African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
3rd Floor, MEBANK Towers, Jakaya Kikwete Road
P.O. Box 62882-00200 Nairobi, Kenya
Email: [email protected]
For more details, visit AERC website.