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Assefa Admassie

ORGANISATION: Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
TITLE: Platform member
SPECIALISATION: economic policy and development research

Assefa Admassie is Director of the Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute, an affiliate of the Ethiopian Economics Association. He is also an Associate Professor at the School of Economics at Addis Ababa University, a Board Member of the PhD Collaborative Program of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and a fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences. Assefa holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim-Stuttgart in Germany. Before his current position, Assefa taught at the Alemaya University of Agriculture and Addis Ababa University, and worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn. Assefa has published more than 30 research papers in reputable journals. His areas of research include agricultural credit, child labour, education and health, production economics, impact evaluation, information and communication technology (ICT) and poverty issues.

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Question of the Week 23 2017-02-11 15:48:15
It is indeed embarrassing to see why others are trying to propose solutions for African problems rather than the Africans being on the drivers seat. Having said that I think, I am not sure why it is called the Marshal Plan. I don't think it is equivalent to the Marshal Plan that played a critical role for the reconstruction of Europe. I think we need to think of another a more catchy and contemporary name for the plan. In addition, I am not sure whether it should really be called a plan since it does not have a time frame and the it is not clear how the plan would be financed.  For me it is simply a vision document or a long term development strategy. In order for this "plan" to be effective it should be aligned to the Agenda 2063 of the AU. Unless it is aligned to the Agenda 2063 it might be considered as an agenda imposed from outside Africa. So, ownership is important. Otherwise it will be very difficult to implement it.