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Resilience-building in Africa: navigating shocks and policy implications

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Wednesday 11 October 2023
12:30-14:30 GMT | 13:30-15:30 WEST
Adam Park Hotel, Zone Touristique de l'Agdal, Agdal, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco


In a world marked by economic turbulence, environmental challenges, and geopolitical uncertainties, Africa's sustainable development hinges on one crucial factor: resilience. Join us for an impactful event where we delve into the critical issues surrounding shocks and explore strategic policymaking approaches that empower Africa to thrive amidst crises.

Jointly organised by ODI and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), this event, which will be held on the margins of the 2023 Annual Meeting in Marrakech, will bring together top experts, policymakers and thought leaders to share insights, exchange ideas, and define effective strategies for building resilience in Africa through policy reform and implementation.

Drawing on the transformative research funded by the IDRC and conducted in collaboration with esteemed organisations such as the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Economic Research Forum (ERF), Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), and ODI, this event will examine the multifaceted dimensions of shocks on African economies. By establishing forward-looking resilience-building pathways, we will equip attendees with the knowledge and data-backed recommendations needed to navigate uncertainty in Africa's rapidly changing risk landscape.

The event will kick off with insights from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB), setting the stage for in-depth discussions that will shape Africa's resilience agenda.

The event will seek to explore the following key issues:

- Impact of Global Shocks: Analyse the effects of global shocks on African economies, including the Russia-Ukraine war and the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on gender dimensions.

- Strategies for Resilience-Building: Discover effective approaches for building resilience in African economies, such as social protection, economic diversification, and innovation.

- Policy Implications: Examine the policy implications for African governments, development partners, and civil society, emphasising the need for coordinated responses, policy coherence, and stakeholder engagement.

- Inspiring Analysis and Policy Suggestions: Encourage further analysis, research inquiries, and policy recommendations to drive resilience-building efforts.

- Collaborative Dialogue: Foster a collaborative dialogue among policymakers, academics, and civil society organisations to facilitate knowledge exchange and partnership for resilient Africa.

**Note: This event will adopt a hybrid format with physical and virtual participation options.

  • Building resilience in African countries: six emerging debates in the context of the Russia–Ukraine War

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  • The Russia–Ukraine war: selected economic impacts on African women

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    Prof. Dirk Willem te Velde

    Director, International Economic Development Group, ODI

    Professor of Practice, Centre for Global Finance, SOAS University of London

  • Sara Pantuliano

    Sara Pantuliano

    Chief Executive, ODI

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    Catherine Anne Maria Pattillo

    Deputy Director of the African Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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    Andrew Dabalen

    Africa Region Chief Economist, World Bank

  • Dianah Ngui Muchai

    Dianah Ngui Muchai

    Research Manager, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

  • Dr. Ibrahim Elbadawi

    Dr. Ibrahim Elbadawi

    Managing Director, Economic Research Forum (ERF)

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    Phyllis Papadavid


  • Prof. Victor Murinde

    Prof. Victor Murinde

    AXA Professor in Global Finance

    Director, Centre for Global Finance, SOAS University of London


For further information, please contact:

Angela Kolongo
Senior Communications Officer
International Economic Development Group (IEDG)
[email protected]

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ODI at the Annual Meetings

ODI is convening a series of events in Marrakech, Morocco during the week of the 2023 World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings.

For more information, including details on how to register, please visit our dedicated Annual Meetings webpage.