2017 11 22 Synsepalum dulcificum plant

Discover here the work accomplished by our dear Mrs Alice Bonou Fandohan, PhD, member of ASE teaching staff, and several colleagues from diverse universities, on the Synsepalum dulcificum, an important plant which vertues are not very told in the scientific community.

Remember: On October 24th, 2017, the African School of Economics (ASE) hosted a workshop on “The New National Planning for Sustainable Development in the South”, an international research project involving researchers from Benin, Togo, Ghana, Lithuania, and numerous other countries around the world. Funded by the Global Fund for Research, the research project is based at the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute and has been implemented in partnership with the University of Ottawa and ASE. Academic papers dedicated to national development planning have seen a reemergence over the past 5 years, as developing countries strive to capitalize on economic globalization for sustainable development projects. The National Planning project is aimed at tracking and examining such policies in the Global South, to determine effective and accountable development planning procedures.

(Here, you can read the slides of the presentation 1 and presentation 2)

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The workshop focused on new development planning projects in Benin, examining new planning trends, as well as the Benin’s national planning history, to highlight potential implementation strategies and results of current development policies. Organized by the African School of Economics, the workshop was attended by numerous actors involved in national planning, including academics, local authorities, public administrative leaders, and civil servants.

(Here, you can read the slides of the presentation 3presentation 4 and presentation 5)

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ASE’s research team, represented by Dr. David Gbaguidi (Assistant Professor, ASE), and Professor Munro Lauchlan (University of Ottawa) presented their preliminary work surrounding Benin’s national planning history and contemporary situation. After this presentation, the researchers opened up the floor for questions, comments, and discussion.

The Summer Institute for Economic Research (SIER), established by the African School of Economics (ASE) in 2015, facilitates the establishment of collaborative networks of multidisciplinary research and policy engagement between African academics, students, and policy makers. This year, SIER 2017 will be hosted on the ASE campus in Abomey-Calavi and in Cotonou, Benin (West Africa).

The SIER 2017 program will consist of the following:

Presentation of Research & Research Conference (December 14 - 15)

The session will begin with an opening address by President Leonard Wantchekon. The ensuing panels will focus on the following topics:

  • Institutions and Governance

  • Human Capital

  • Infrastructure

  • Food Security

  • Technology and Development

  • Biotechnology and Agricultural Science

  • Macrofinance

Policy Discussion Roundtable (December 16)

SIER will feature a policy roundtable and discussion with accomplished African social science scholars about the state of development in Africa. The roundtable will offer researchers and policymakers a space to engage in dialogue, leading to greater academic focus on policy-relevant issues. The ASE graduation will take place at the end of the day.

Touristic Excursion (December 17)

SIER participants will have the opportunity to experience Beninese history and culture during a visit to Ganvie.

Trainings on Institutions and Econometrics (December 18-19)


SIER will conclude with two days of training. Edouard Djeutem (Bank of Canada) and Pierre Nguimkeu (Georgia State) will join Leonard Wantchekon and Ian Heffernan (ASE and Princeton) as trainers.


On the 14th November 2017, ASE held its weekly seminar. U.S. Embassy representatives came to share with the audience resources that their library can provide and information on scholarships. To start the meeting, Cyrille Vito introduced Bienvenu Akodigna as well as Laurent Akpo, respectively Director of the Kennedy-King Library, and Cultural Affairs Assistant at the U.S. Embassy Cotonou.


The session started with a welcoming word from Dean Claude Domfang before the floor was given to the guests. Presenting resources of the library, Mr. Akodigna said  ‘’I do believe that there is no learning without reading”; he then presented resources which can help improve English learning, such as books in a variety of domains like the social sciences, business administration, history, and economics. He also discussed the LibraryUSA platform, learning and listening sessions, the Pismsleur program, opportunities for conversation, and the TED Talk sessions.

After Mr. Akodigna’s presentation, Mr. Akpo presented on scholarship opportunities, specifically the Fulbright and Humphrey.  Fulbright is a scholarship program that sends Americans citizens around the world and also brings citizens of other countries to U.S to promote mutual exchange. Mr. Akpo explained that it is a program established by Senator J. William Fulbright shortly after the end of World War II. Unlike Fulbright, which lasts two or more years, Humphrey is an internship program that lasts around 10 months. Both are fully funded by the Department of State. The Fulbright and Humphrey programs both also require applicants to have high TOEFL scores, preferably over 90 points. The highly informative session ended with a Q/A session and a group picture. 


The 2018 Africa Meeting of the Econometric Society (AFES 2018), hosted by the African School of Economics (ASE) will be held at the Golden Tulip Hotel and the Novotel Hotel in Cotonou, Benin from 12th to 14th July 2018.

Tim Besley (LSE) will deliver the Presidential Address, and there will be six invited lecturers in addition to paper presentations (to be confirmed at a later date). Prior to the Meeting, the 2018 Summer Institute of the Econometric Society (SIES) will take place at Chant d’Oiseau in Cotonou from July 5 to July 11, 2018 and will gather students and junior faculty from universities around the African continent as well as overseas. The Summer Institute will cover topics including Advances in Development Economics, Theory of Organizations, and Structural Econometrics. 

The deadline for submissions is February 16, 2018. Papers can only be submitted electronically through Conference Maker website on https://editorialexpress.com/conference/AFES2018. The link to the website will be activated shortly.  At least one of the authors must be a member of the Econometric Society, and all participants must register for the conference. You may join the Society at http://www.econometricsociety.org/. Each person may submit and present only one paper; however, each person is allowed to be a co-author of several papers submitted to the conference.

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Conference Fees

US$140 for early registration, before May 11, 2018

US$170 for registration, after May 11, 2018

Financial support will be available to young researchers from Africa who wish to present papers during the conference. The allocation of the grants will be on a competitive basis and applications will be evaluated by a review committee. The grants will cover travel and accommodation expenses. Applications for grants should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by March 1, 2018 and should be accompanied by the applicant’s CV. Selected applicants will be informed by April 15, 2018.

Visa information: Travelers with an African country-issued passport do not need an entry visa for visits up to 90-day. Other travelers may need one. More information regarding visa applications can be found in the attached file.

The program chairs are Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University) and Prosper Dovonon (Concordia University). The local organizing committee chair is Alice Bonou (African School of Economics). 

Program Committee

Bhorat, Harmon (University of Cape Town)

Blimpo, Moussa (World Bank)

Bonou, Alice (African School of Economics)

Doko, Firmin (University of Adelaide, Australia)

El Gamal, Mahmoud (Rice University)

Habiarimana, James (Georgetown University)

Heffernan, Ian (African School of Economics)

Jouini, Elyes (Universite de Paris Dauphine)

Kotchoni, Rachidi (Universite de Paris Nanterre)

Morjaria, Ameet (Northwestern University)

Mourifie, Ismael (University of Toronto)

Murinde, Victor (SOAS University of London, UK)

Nada, Eissa (Georgetown University)

Nguimkeu, Pierre (Georgia State University)

Okonkwo, Una (Purdue University)

Okoye, Dozie (Dalhousie University)

Peter Quartey (University of Ghana)

Soumare, Issouf (Université Laval)

Suri, Tavneet (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Thomas, Duncan (Duke University)


Find the call here.

And the details on visa requirements are available on this link.