Policy Forum Session Starts at SIER 2015

17th Dec, 201516:12:14 PM GMT


The third session of the Summer Institute for Economic Research (SIER) started today with a roundtable on Education. Session III, which is a Policy Forum (Policy Discussion Roundtable) takes place in Palais de Congres, in Cotonou. This session will last for two days and consists of three panels: Human Development (Education and Health), Natural Capital Accounting (organised with Global Development Network – GDN) and Political Economy (organised with the Open Society Intiative for West Africa – OSIWA). Panelists to the first panel were Leonard Wantchekon (African School of Economics, Princeton University), Markus Olapade (African School of Economics), Clarisse Napporn (University of Abomey-Calavi) and Deo-Gracias Houndolo (3ie, ISS Erasmus University Rotterdam).

Romuald Hazoumè (top picture), a Beninese artist from Porto-Novo who has mastered a wide range of media forms including masks, photography, canvases, sculpture, and installations, has been the keynote speaker. In an emotional speech, Hazoumè showed some of his works while delivering an address focused on the importance of retaining culture and tradition while embracing change and development in Africa. At the end of his speech a local group of dancers and musicians entertained the audience with vibrant songs and dances from 4 regions of Benin.

The Summer Institute for Economic Research (SIER) is sponsored by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). The goal of the summer institute is to contribute to the establishment of networks of collaborative, multidisciplinary research and policy engagement involving African academics and policy makers. SIER 2015 has taken place in Benin from December 7 to 18.

Roundtable on education. From left to right: Leonard Wantchekon, Markus Olapade, Clarisse Napporn, Modeste Some and Deo-Gracias Houndolo


Dancers performing at the closure of first day of Session III


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