Law and Management Studies Postdoctoral Fellow Represents West Africa at Prestigious Economics Programme
School of Management, Information Technology and Governance academic, Dr Adeoye Akinola was selected as one of the 34 leading international and African scholars to represent West Africa at the African Programme for Rethinking Economics" (APORDE 2015) held in Johannesburg recently.
APORDE is a high-level, two-week training programme in which talented African, Asian and Latin American economists, policy makers, academics and civil society activists are fully funded to participate in development economics lectures and seminars aimed at building capacity in economics and economic policy-making.
The programme is organised by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry.
‘After a very competitive screening process, I was the only one short-listed to represent West Africa while others came from Japan, the Phillipines, Cuba and Southern Africa,’ said Akinola. ‘Scholars were drawn mainly from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, while other renowned economists acted as resource persons.’
The programme focused on essential topics in development economics, including industrial policy, rural poverty, inequality and financialisation.
Akinola said the opportunity provided him with knowledge to expand his research. ‘I greatly benefited from the themes discussed and engagements with both resource persons and participants. More importantly, I now have more of a grasp of the political economy of land reform, which is the theme of my post-doctoral research.’