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Collaborative Doctorate Program in Economics for Sub-Saharan Africa (CPP)

  • Project Name:
    Collaborative Doctorate Program in Economics for Sub-Saharan Africa (CPP)
    Institution :
    African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
    • Core Competence:
      Economic Policy Analysis and Management
    Project Region :
    Eastern & Southern Africa
    Country :
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    Grant Amount (USD):
    2 000 000
    Commitment Date:
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    Phase :
    Grant Number:
    Grant Amount (USD):
    3 500 000
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    The main aim of the Collaborative Ph.D. Program in Economics was to develop an internationally recognized PhD program that enhances the continent’s capacity in economic research, development management, university teaching and that is cost-effective and relevant to Africa’s development needs. The specific objectives were to:

    • Strengthen teaching and research capacity in sub-Saharan African countries;
    • Increase the pool of researchers and policy analysts at a cost-effective rate and;
    • Produce internationally recognized, but contextually relevant Ph.D. graduates.
    Project Description:

    The overall objective of the CPP Phase II was to continue to develop an internationally recognized Ph.D. Program that enhances the continent’s capacity in economic research, development management, university teaching and is cost-effective and relevant to African development needs.  Its expected results were to:

    • Produce economic experts with high-level analytical skills that would contribute to improving economic policy-making and development planning than ever before as well as general economic governance in Africa.
    • Enhance teaching and research capacity in universities, research institutions, other tertiary educational institutions, governments, non-governmental organizations and other bodies as well as international organizations in Africa.
    • Gradual build-up and retention of African scholars in Africa, leading to the eventual reduction of the brain-drain from the continent.
    • Enhancement of the economics profession, in general, and standards at lower levels of teaching and research, as a result of ‘trickle-down and demonstration effects’ of the Programme.


    Expected Results:
Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana