The African programme on rethinking development economics

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About APORDE

About us

The African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) is a two-week, high-level training programme in development economics, public policymaking, and development strategies aimed at building capacity in the South, particularly in Africa.

It was established in 2007 by Nicolas Pons-Vignon and Nimrod Zalk, inspired by the successful experience of CAPORDE (Cambridge Advanced Programme on Rethinking Development Economics) at Cambridge University, United Kingdom. The seventh APORDE seminar is taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2 to 14 September 2013 at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) conference centre.

APORDE is an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), supported by AFD and the IDC. This year, lecturers will include Ha-Joon Chang (University of Cambridge), Mushtaq Khan (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) and Gabriel Palma (University of Cambridge).

The seminar

Over the two weeks, leading academics, policy makers and civil society representatives from Africa, Asia and Latin America explore alternatives to mainstream thinking on development issues, in a manner that promotes original thinking. Participants receive intensive high-level training and interact with some of the best development economists in the world, as well as with their peers from around the world.

Essential topics in development economics, including industrial policy, rural poverty, inequality and financialisation are covered. Lectures unpack mainstream and critical approaches in a series of daytime sessions, evening talks and debates.

The participants

APORDE is targeted at academics, policymakers, NGO workers, and trade unionists. Development issues are examined from an historical, comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. Participants learn critical thinking, and are given the tools to analyse, formulate and implement policies. During the programme, local academics are able to interact with international scholars.

The decision to organise APORDE in South Africa was motivated by the vibrant local demand and active search for alternatives to neoliberal policies. Moreover, the availability of local resources – academic and other – has allowed the programme to become a regular exercise.

Since 2007, APORDE has trained over 150 people, most of them from African countries, in the public sector, civil society and academia. Former participants have built alumni networks that have extended their professional connections and stimulated joint initiatives.

This year APORDE will include sessions on:

  • Critical Perspectives on Development Economics
  • Market, State and Institutions in Economic Development
  • Governance, Democracy and Economic Development
  • Globalisation, Global Value Chains and Regional Value Chains
  • Trade and Industrial Policy
  • Agriculture, Economic Development and Land Reform
  • Gender, Development and Growth
  • Financialisation
  • Industrial Development in Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America
  • Mineral Resource and Industrial Policy
  • Industrial Policy in South Africa

2017 APORDE Seminar

2017 APORDE Seminar

We are pleased to announce that the eleventh edition of the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) will be held in Johannesburg (South Africa) from 4th to the 15th of September 2017. The outcome has been announced. If you have not received notification, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About APORDE

The African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) is a two-week, high-level training programme in development economics, public policymaking, and development strategies aimed at building capacity in the South, particularly in Africa.

The Rationale

APORDE was founded on the need to broaden perspectives on development thinking and policymaking.

Lecturers

Lecturers

APORDE 2016 will feature leading international and African economists to lead discussions and share their views on economic development and industrialisation issues.

Our partners

Our partners

APORDE 2016 is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Industrial Development Corporation; both crucially involved in economic development, with an emphasis on job creation and capacity building.

Contact us

For more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., project manager APORDE.

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