October 15, 2014. Africa Can End Poverty, a blog published by the World Bank, features this week a post on land fertility and rural poverty in Africa written by ASE founder and president Prof. Leonard Wantchekon. 

The article, Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty: One Infrastructure Investment at a Time, highlights some of the key findings of a forthcoming paper entitled "The Curse of Good Soil? Land Fertility, Roads and Rural Poverty in Africa":

  • There exists a positive correlation between soil quality and poverty in Africa, meaning that regions where land is most fertile are on average more likely to be impoverished than regions where soil is poorer.  
  • Transportation costs or isolation are the main drivers of rural poverty.
  • There exists a mismatch between soil quality and infrastructure. Roads tend to be bad in places with good soil, such as in hills and valleys, and good where the soil is of worse quality, such as in flat terrain close the coast.  
  • When infrastructure is poorly maintained or non-existent, households are poorer in areas where the soil quite fertile than in areas where the land is barren.

Read the complete post here

A rural village in Benin (© Arne Hoel / World Bank)

September 8, 2014. Organised by the Africa-America Institute (AAI) and hosted at the Ford Foundation in New York, the State of Education in Africa conference brought together educators and innovators from Africa and  the U.S. to track the progress of primary, secondary, tertiary, technical and vocational education in Africa. ASE's program manager, Dr. Meritxell Roca, participated in a panel entitled Creating a 21st Century Educational Experience in Africa: Looking beyond enrollment numbers to coursework and methodologies to find solutions for today’s educators. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Thomas Asher, Program Director, Academia in the Public Sphere and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Programs, Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and also counted with the participation of Dr. N’Dri Assie Lumumba, Professor of African and Diaspora Education, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University; and, Dr. Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Click here to access the executive summary of the conference.


From left to right, N’Dri Assie Lumumba, Teboho Moja and Meritxell Roca

August 30, 2014. ASE's grand opening ceremony was covered by Educ Action.

This journal is published in Benin on a weekly basis and content is focused on Education and Research topics.

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July 15, 2014. Léonard Wantchékon, économiste béninois, professeur à l’université de Princeton (New Jersey), a créé l’African School of Economy (ASE, École africaine d’économie), avec l'ambition de former les futures élites économiques du continent. Il répond aux questions de "Jeune Afrique" sur l'évolution des relations économiques entre les États-Unis et les pays africains.

Lisez l'article ici.

July 3, 2014. The Africapitalist Magazine, published by The Africapitalism Institute, includes in its second edition an article based on an interview with Dr. Leonard Wantchekon. Topics covered include, among others, ASE’s multi-disciplinary approach, the faculty recruiting process and the role that research will play in the School. Read the complete article here.