Economics and the Africa Charter: a trip to the CSAE Conference

The Centre for the Study of African Economics (CSAE) Conference 2024 at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, was a vibrant hub of knowledge exchange on economic development in Africa.

PARC Manager Dr Susan Jim joined colleagues from CSAE and The Centre for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at University of California, Berkeley for some important socialising of the Africa Charter.

Dr Jim said:

“It was inspiring to see the breadth and excellence of international development research at CSAE, much of which was led and presented by early career researchers. Wonderful also to have had the opportunity to discuss the Africa Charter with researchers and CSAE Directors and see how its principles and goals chime with their personal, departmental and institutional directions.”


The keynote speech was on ‘Transformation in Africa – what we know about development strategies and policymaking?’ and it was delivered by Professor Arkebe Oqubay, Senior Minister and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and British Academy Global Professors in Law and Development Studies, SOAS. 

Other highlights included a screening of FreeMoney, a film focused on GiveDirectly, a philanthropic platform which gives money directly to people in extreme poverty.

With thanks to the International Research Development Team at the University of Bristol, who provided funding for this trip.

Oxford CSAE conference