Africa at the crossroads
Deakin University’s Professor Mark McGillivray has been invited by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to join some of the world’s pre-eminent economists as they seek new and more effective growth pathways for Africa.
“Development assistance in Africa is at crossroads,” Professor McGillivray said.
“There have been a lot of changes in the past decade or so, and a lot of good research into those changes.
“It is timely now for the researchers to be brought together at this seminar titled Prospects for Aid Allocation in a Changing Africa and I am delighted that the AfDB has included me in the invitation list.”
At the end of the seminar, to be held in Mauritius, a panel of experts from among the participants will provide a report with the main outcomes and a set of guidelines for improving the way aid is allocated and used in Africa.
“We want to reflect on the work that has been done in recent times, to measure the performance and to look at new ways to provide more developmental impact,” Professor McGillivray said.
“Africa has a unique set of challenges for the world.
“It will require a unique set of solutions and this seminar is an important part of working towards those.”
Professor McGillivray, from the Alfred Deakin Research Institute (ADRI) at Deakin, was previously Chief Economist at the Australian Agency for International Development, and also the Deputy Director of the United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research..
In 2010, he was appointed as a Research Associate at Oxford University’s Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative.
There he worked closely with another invitee to the AfDB forum, Professor Paul Collier, CBE, who also has close ties with Deakin and ADRI.
In 2010, Professor Collier spoke at the inaugural Fusion Lecture organised by Professor David Lowe, the Director of the ADRI.
From 1998 to 2003 Professor Collier was the Director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank. He is author of three books: the multi-award winning The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (2007), Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places (2009), and his most recent book, The Plundered Planet: How to reconcile prosperity with nature (2010).
His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war, the effects of aid, and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resources rich societies.
Professor McGillivray's research interests include aid effectiveness and allocation, measures of multidimensional well-being achievement, vulnerability in developing countries and inter-country inequality in well-being. His recent books include:
Fragile States: Cause, Costs and Responses (Oxford University Press, Oxford, with W. Naude and A. Santos-Paulino) and Health Inequality and Development (Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2010, with I. Dutta and D.Lawson)
Understanding Small Island Developing States: Fragility and External Shocks(Routlege, 2011, with W. Naude and A. Santos-Paulino).
Professor McGillivray's research into aid has also been cited by Britain's House of Lords.