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Capacity Development in Africa

A Case Study: The Yaounde’s EPM Programme

Joint Japan/World Bank Group Scholarships Program (JJ/WBGSP) Regional Conference

Yaounde, May 7, 2008


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Summary

  • Introduction

  • Country coverage: some lessons

  • Gender issues: some lessons

  • Student Internship: some lessons

  • Follow-up of some alumni: some lessons

  • Perspectives


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Introduction

  • EPM is a 12 months Economic Policy Management Master’s program implemented to help meet the demand for qualified economic policy advisers and managers in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • EPM Yaoundé was launched in 1998 with the transfer of EPM program from CERDI (France) and McGill (Canada) to African Universities, among them University of Yaoundé II (for French speaking)

  • The first cohort (EPM1) started in December 1998


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Country coverage by EPM Yaoundé: some lessons (1/2)

Cohorts of people involved in the process : EPM Yaoundé


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Country coverage by EPM Yaoundé: some lessons (2/2)

  • 9 countries are covered

  • 3 important parts of Africa are involved: CEMAC + DRC, Grand Lake (Burundi, Rwanda) and Indian Ocean (Comoros)

  • Since 1998: 63 JJ/WBGSP scholars graduated from EPM Yaoundé, among them 7 are in the process (ongoing EPM9)

  • Participation of Rwanda and DRC need to be increased (only 3 scholars)


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Gender issue at EPM Yaoundé: some lessons (1/2)

Structure of people involved in the process : EPM Yaoundé


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Gender issue at EPM Yaoundé: Some lessons (2/2)

  • General gender ratio is good: 22/41

  • Cameroon is well balanced (7/6), followed by DRC (2/1)

  • No female participants from Chad and Rwanda: recruitment weakness


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Student Internship: Some lessons (1/2)

Some Research Topics:

  • Motorbike taxi and GDP,

  • Gender issue and environment protection,

  • Management of inflation,

  • Governance and growth,

  • SME and unemployment

  • State properties and management of national economy,

  • Microfinance institutions and outstanding payments,

  • Reducing poverty for the poor

  • Etc.


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Student Internship: Some lessons (2/2)

Some Receiving Countries:

  • Benin

  • Cameroon,

  • Burundi,

  • Senegal,

  • Burkina Faso,

  • Ethiopia,

  • Congo,

  • Togo,

  • Etc.


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Follow-up of some Alumni: what lessons? (1/3)

Follow-up of some Alumni


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Follow-up of some Alumni: what lessons? (2/3)

Follow-up of some Alumni


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Follow-up of some Alumni: what lessons? (3/3)

  • Many Alumni reached some top positions in their countries : Minister, Director, Advisor for other minister

  • Many Alumni are hired in International Organizations (UNDP, CEPGL)

  • Some Alumni used EPM to change their professional career (from teaching to trade or public domain)


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Perspectives

  • After phase I (1999-2003) and phase II (2003-2008), a third phase (2008-2012) has been approved in May 2007

  • Training duration is adapted from 15 months to 12 months without losses

  • Number of trainees to be increased

  • Better coverage of some countries (quantity, quality and gender)

  • Better networking among alumni is needed


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Many thanksFor any request:

University of Yaoundé II

Faculty of Economics

Economic Policy Management Program

Prof. Roger Tsafack Nanfosso

Tel. (237) 22 30 84 36

Fax. (237) 22 30 84 28

rtsafack@univ-yde2.org


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