Past Event

Rethinking Development in Africa

September 27, 2019
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Speaker: Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency Discussants: Akbar Noman, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Senior Fellow, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University Belinda Archibong, Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Despite their reassurances, rich countries are quickly reevaluating their strategy when it comes to Official Development Assistance. As a new "scramble for Africa" is taking place, ODA is becoming a vehicle for profitable investments by state entities, cover-up for humanitarian action, often in a context of growing military involvement. Dr. Mayaki will analyse these fundamental trends and advocate a path for a common African policy when it comes to dealing with foreign development finance institutions.

Speaker bio:

Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency. He was appointed to the position in January 2009. Prior, Dr. Mayaki served as the Prime Minister of Niger and from 1996 to 1997 he was appointed Minister in charge of African Integration and Cooperation and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Niger. In August 2000, he set up the Analysis Centre for Public Policy in Senegal. Dr. Mayaki taught public policy in Niger and Venezuela as well as international relations at the University of Paris XI. He also led research at the Research Centre on Europe and the Contemporary World within that university. In 2004, he served as Executive Director of the Platform in support of Rural Development in West and Central Africa, the Rural Hub, based in Dakar, Senegal. Dr. Mayaki received a Master’ degree from the National School of Public Administration (Enap), Quebec, Canada and a PhD in Administrative Sciences from the University of Paris I, France. This event is co-sponsored by SIPA's Economic and Political Development Concentration, the Center for Development Economics and Policy, the International Organization Specialization, the Institute of African Studies, and SIPA Pan African Network.