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  • Alternatives to Bushmeat in the Face of Ebola

    With the recent and unprecedented spread of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa, some authorities have called for people to stop eating local wildlife, popularly called bushmeat. Never mind that enforcing such an advisory or ban would be next to impossible; the people, with limited alternatives for protein, have resisted such government directives. But other affordable, and less risky, sustainable protein sources exist and policymakers can use economic incentives to shift behavior in that direction. Farming animals is challenging in many parts of West Africa. This is partly because the area is prone to infestation by the tsetse fly, making it difficult to keep domestic livestock. Domestic cattle ...
  • Public Sector Reform in DRC

    ACET’s Director of Policy Services, Edward Brown, recently traveled to Kinshasa to attend an International High Level Forum on Reform and Modernization of Congolese Public Administration, organized by the World Bank and the Congolese Government.  After over a decade of internecine war, the Democratic Republic of Congo is on a recovery path, albeit with continuing tensions in some parts of the country. The government, under President Joseph Kabila, has embarked on an ambitious public sector reform program, with the World Bank heavily involved. The Forum—which took ...
  • ACET to Help with Implementation of Senchi Roadmap

    The African Center for Economic Transformation has been selected to help the Ghanaian government with implementation of its new roadmap intended to “Build a National Consensus for Economic and Social Transformation.” The roadmap is called the “Senchi Concensus” because it was formed at the National Economic Forum in Senchi, Ghana, in May 2014. Representatives from ACET ...
  • ACET President Joins Jim Yong Kim on “Africa Ascending” Panel

    As a preview to this week’s US–Africa Leaders Summit, ACET President K.Y. Amoako joined Ghana President John Dramani Mahama, R&B and hip-hop recording artist Akon, mobile communications entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim, and others to speak on a forum about Africa’s recent rise. Hosted by General Electric and The Economist at the Newseum in Washington, DC, the panelists discussed the importance of African regional integration, new energy projects ...
  • The Role of Agricultural Supply Chains in ECOWAS Countries

    At the 19th annual conference of the African Region chapter of the Econometrics Society, held in Addis Ababa from July 16 to 19, 2014, the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) hosted a session on economic transformation in Africa. ACET agronomist Francis Mulangu shared his work on the interplay between market forces and domestic complementary factors in the production and consumption decisions of agricultural families in Africa. Mulangu is a co-author—along with Guido Porto of the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and Nicolas Depetris Chauvin—of