May 8, 2015. On Thursday April 4th, 2015, Minister Antonin Dossou shared his knowledge on evaluation of public policies as a part of the School's weekly Professional Seminar Series. Antonin Dossou, who already visited ASE to give a talk in November 2014, is a statistician, an econometrician, and Benin's Minister of the Evaluation of Public Policies and Denationalization Programs. His presentation was based on two main points: generalities on evaluation and a case study.

According to Mr. Dossou, evaluation helps to improve the effects of public policies. It is an important agent of change and contribution, by critical and credible way, to support the surrender of account. An evaluation is based on criteria such as pertinence, usefulness, efficacy, efficiency and coherence and its implementation involves six steps: warrant of evaluation, load specifications, realization of works, evaluation report, recommendations and last but not least, decisions.

Throughout his presentation, Minister Dossou explained a case study on the evaluation of the implementation of policy in the sub-sector of technical education and professional training in Benin. At the end of his talk the floor was open to a Q&A session with the audience which offered a number of insightful reflections.

April 16, 2015. The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in Accra, Ghana, the Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington DC, and the African School of Economics (ASE) in Cotonou, Benin, hosted a special event in April 16 entitled: ‘Who Will Lead the African Development Bank?. Candidates for the presidency of the African Development Bank (AfDB) participated on a debate from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.,  in Washington, DC. The event was streamed online and a group of students, faculty and staff from ASE followed the discussion live at the School.

Candidates answered questions from the audience and via video from participants across Africa. The debate counted, among other questions, with the participation of two ASE students (Dislène Senan Sossou, MMES; Tiloux Florent Soundja, MBA / Class of 2016) and a researcher at IREEP (Horace Gninafon) who enquired the candidates about energy, infrastructure and gender issues. ASE President, Prof. Leonard Wantchekon, attended the event in Washington DC and gave some introductory remarks about the significance of the AfDB as an African institution and the importance of such events in putting candidates to the test in public.

Candidates shared with the audience their vision statements on several topics among which: current challenges in the region, natural resource management, Bank’s relationship with China, how to encourage the Private Sector and last but not least, financial Inclusion and Inequality. The event counted with the presence of the following candidates:

  • Akinwumi A. Adesina (Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria)
  • Jaloul Ayed (Former Minister of Finance, Tunisia)
  • Kordjé Bedoumra (Minister of Finance and Budget, Chad)
  • Cristina Duarte (Minister of Finance and Planning, Cape Verde)
  • Samura M. W. Kamara (Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sierra Leone)
  • Thomas Z. Sakala (Former VP Country and Regional Programs - AfDB, Zimbabwe)
  • Birama Boubacar Sidibé (VP Operations - IsDB, Mali)

For more information and to access the candidates' profiles click here.

To watch the debate click here


Screenshot of Leonard Wantchekon's introductory remarks (from Youtube streaming)


Screenshots of Dislène Senan Sossou (MMES), Horace Gninafon (IREEP) and Tiloux Florent Soundja (MBA) video interventions



 April 6, 2015. The Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE/IREEP) has launched “Enquête de base sur l'evaluation d'impacts du projet foncier rural (PFR)”. The project kicked off last March 30 and is coordinated by IREEP’s Research Associate Romuald Anago; it aims to know how a land tenure market impacts communities and individuals. The Government of Benin introduced the rural landholding plan (Plan Foncier Rural or PFR) as a pilot project in 1993 to address the lack of secure land tenure caused by Benin’s dual system of customary and statutory land rights.

To strengthen the rights of rural landholders, the United States Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and several European donors have funded the expansion of the PFR into nearly 300 villages, which will create their own plans for implementation. With support of MCC’s Benin Access to Land Project, the PFR will survey and map fields, recognize and document customary rights, record a list of landholders’ names, and archive land sale contracts and agreements of tenancy or subordinate use.



Top (left to right) - Training session with researchers; board displaying list of agents selected to conduct survey.

Bottom (left to right) - Eudes Hounkpobote (Data Manager in charge of training); Romuald Anago (PFR coordinator) interviewed by Gaetan Tchakounte Nandong (ASE Class of 2016, Work-Study Program in Communication)

March 30, 2015. ASE Students, Faculty and Staff participated in the 4th edition of the "Journées de Coopération Interuniversitaire" (Interuniversity Cooperation Conference), organized by Abomey Calavi University (UAC). The event lasted one week (March 9-13) and the theme was “Inter-university Cooperation and Challenges in Professionalization".

The inaugural speech was pronounced on Tuesday March 10 by the Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Education and Scientific Research, Mr. Salifou Saïdou, in front of academics, researchers, and students coming from different schools, as well as participants from other institutions. In his welcome speech, the president of the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Mr. Brice Sinsin, emphasised that his predecessors had worked hard in favour or cooperation among universities in Benin and in Africa.

After the speeches, Rector Brice Sinsin and his guests visited the stands installed on the premisses where various private higher education institutions and the UAC presented their products.

The event also counted with a variety of musical performances featuring traditional dances from the region.




Duration: 3 months internship (renewable) plus possibility of permanent contract
Location: ASE headquarters in Abomey-Calavi (Benin)
Main Responsibilities: draft correspondance in English, translate administrative documents (French/English), assist the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Minimum Qualifications: BAC+3 Bilingual Secretary Degree, two (2) years professional experience in Administrative Management, citizen of an English-speaking country.

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