The 2019 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group will be held from 11-14 June 2019, in Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea. Find out more

14:30-16:00 Plenary Session 2: The Poverty, Inequality and Growth Nexus in Africa

Objective of the Session

This session will share evidence from empirical research on the relationship between growth, poverty reduction and inequalities. Theory and evidence will be presented in order to highlight key issues to note. The session will benefit from paper presentations (max. 10 mins); followed by interventions from the discussants, question and answer time and a moderated interactive debate.

Moderator: Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Vice President and Chief Economist, AfDB and Jeff Koinange

  • Building the Integrated Inequality Database - Sub-Saharan Africa (IID-SSA) inequality dataset and the seven sins of inequality measurement in SSA, Bruno Martorano, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK
  • Growth and Poverty Reduction in Africa: The Context and Evidence, John Anyanwu, Lead Research Economist, AfDB
  • Impact of Income per Capita on Health Outcomes: Is Africa Different? Bernadette Kamgnia Dia, Acting Director, African Development Institute, AfDB. Elizabeth Asiedu, University of Kansas (via VC)
  • Resource Dependence and Inequality in Africa: Impact, Consequence and Solutions Pr. Haroon Bhorat, University of Cape Town, South Africa (via VC)


  • Prof. Olu Ajakaiye, President of Nigerian Economic Society and Chair, ACSD
  • Prof Hervé Diata, Facultée des Sciences Economiques, Universitée Marien Ngouabi (FSE)

Rapporteurs: Athanasius Coker, AfDB, Glenda Gallardo, UNDP

"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

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