The 2015 Afrobarometer Summer School Concludes

12th Aug, 201515:52:55 PM GMT

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On Friday August 7, the 2015 Afrobarometer Summer School closed its doors in a ceremony hosted by the Majestic Hotel in Cotonou. The event, which started at 9pm, was attended by distinguished guests and artists. In addition to the President and Founder of ASE, Professor Leonard Wantchekon, the guest list included, among others, Mr. Roland Riboux , General Director of Fludor Benin, and Mr. Jean Marcelin Brou, assistant professor at the University of Cocody (Ivory Coast) who taught the econometrics course during the summer school. The ceremony also counted with the participation of local artists, who entertained the audience by performing Beninese songs and dances.

The Afrobarometer Summer School final event also included an awards ceremony. Nationals from Madagascar (including Djao Iraldo, Razafimamonjy Laetitia and Andriamanamisata Rijanavalona) received the prize for the best economic model used in their paper entitled “On the National Reconciliation and People Participation toward Political Matters.” A group from Cameroon, which included Gerard Ebode, Francoise Okah Efogo and Youmbi Fotso Wilfried (MMES Student), was awarded the prize for the best research question with their work on “The Cameroonian Paradox.”  Their paper explores how people in that country are displeased with the president’s economic and political performance, but they are willing to vote for him if elections are organized. Lastly, participants from Burkina Faso including Dao Aziz (MMES Student), Moussa Sawadogo (MMES Student), Peha Bore Herman and Gerard Zongo received the prize for the best methodology with their work on “The Factors that Shape Violence Propensity in Burkina Faso in the Western and Central Regions.”

The closing ceremony for the 2015 Afrobarometer Summer School ended up with participants receiving certificates honoring their valuable academic contributions.

Mr. Andre Gueguehoun (Research Associate at IREEP/IERPE)

Mr. Gerard Zongo (Burkina Faso) receiving his diploma from Mr. Riboux

Prof. Leonard Wantchekon (ASE Founder and President)

Participants to the 2015 Afrobarometer Summer School (Gabon-Cameroon Research Team)

From left to right: Gerard Ebode, Francoise Okah Efogo and Youmbi Fotso Wilfried (MMES Student), Cameroon nationals, received the prize for the best research question

From left to right: nationals from Burkina Faso Peha Bore Herman, Gerard Zongo and Moussa Sawadogo (MMES Student) received the prize for the best methodology

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