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African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

est. 1988


The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is a public not-for-profit organization devoted to advanced policy research and training in economics. AERC’s mission is to strengthen local capacity for conducting independent, rigorous inquiry into the problems facing the management of economies in sub-Saharan Africa. The Consortium is itself a network of 10 funders who support a commonly agreed programme of research activities, its dissemination and the training of future potential researchers.

Over the years AERC has built a critical mass of highly credible research that has enhanced the professional stature of the network both locally and internationally - and that has, moreover, focused attention on issues critical to African development. For example, without AERC’s Collaborative Research project on poverty, many African countries would not have been in a position to prepare the poverty reduction strategy papers increasingly required by the donor community.


The Consortium’s objective is threefold:

  • Enhancing the capacity of locally based researchers to conduct policy-relevant economic inquiry
  • Promoting retention of such capacity
  • Encouraging its application in the policy context