16:30-18:00 Plenary Session 3 – Determinants of Poverty and Inequalities, Including impacts

Objectives of the Session: This session will seek to present evidence on the proximate and root causes of poverty and inequalities, including related impacts in order to inform successful strategies for poverty and inequality reduction in Africa, while mitigating adverse effects. Papers will be presented (max 10 mins/paper) in order to stimulate discussions.

Moderator: Abdalla Hamdok, Chief Economist and Deputy Executive Secretary, ECA

  • Poverty, Inequality and Fiscal Space in Africa, Ayodele Odusola, Chief Economist and Head, Strategy and Analysis, UNDP Africa
  • Structural transformation for inclusive development and poverty eradication, Bartholomew Armah, Chief, Renewal of Planning Section, ECA
  • Growth and Development Finance Required for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in AfricaAbbi Kedir, Economic Affairs Officer, ECA
  • Why Inequality is High in Africa, Abebe Shimeles, Acting Director of the Development Research Department, AfDB


  • Dr. Joseph Onjala, Institute of Development Studies, University of Nairobi
  • Shantanu Mukerjee, Lead Author, Human Development Report Office, UNDP
Papers Authors
Poverty, Inequality and Fiscal Space in Africa
  • Ayodele Odusola
Structural Transformation for Inclusive Development in Africa: The role of active government policies
  • Bartholomew Armah
  • Mama Keita
  • Aissatou Gueye Valerio Bosco
  • Judith Ameso Ziv Chinzara
Growth and Development Finance Required for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa
  • Zivanemoyo Chinzana
  • Abbi Kedir
  • Diderot Sandjong
Why is inequality high in Africa?
  • Shimeles Adebe
  • Tiguene Nabassaga

"Africa can no longer be content with simply managing poverty. For our future and the future of our children, we must eliminate it." - Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President

Conference Venue

African Union Building and Government Hotel, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

AEC Partners