Professor Benno Ndulu - A Towering Figure in Tanzanian and African Economic Development

We are very sad to learn of the passing of Professor Benno Ndulu. He was a towering figure in Tanzanian and African economic development. At the same time, he was unassuming and utterly decent, a true public servant. From providing advice that helped steer President Julius Nyerere towards economic reform in the early 1980s, to his role as the trusted central banker in Tanzania for a decade until 2018, he shaped with much humility Tanzania’s path to middle income status and better living conditions. He tirelessly promoted African scholarship, not least steering the African Economic Research Consortium to be the influential institution it is now. He quietly played his role in the early post-apartheid days as an advisor on the economy in South Africa, and still acted as a trusted advisor to the President now. In recent years, he was passionate about the opportunities that digital technologies could bring, not least through financial inclusion, working closely with us at Oxford.

We will make sure that as the Centre for the Study of African Economies we will honour him and his legacy.

The AERC are collecting condolences messages for Professor Ndulu here.


At the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), we have been researching economic and social development in Africa since 1986. These days, our large team of development economists research not only countries in Africa, but also in other developing areas of the world. We are part of the Social Sciences Division at the University of Oxford, with researchers in the Department of Economics, the Blavatnik School of Government, and the Oxford Department of International Development.

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CSAE Conference 2019: Economic Development in Africa


The CSAE Conference is back, and for 2021, we’re going virtual! This year the Conference will include two special event days (Mondays) and eight topic focused days that will have three academic paper sessions each. Oh, and it's free!

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Registration is now open!


We run many events at the Centre, including CSAE Lunchtime Seminars and Research Workshops during term time, and several conferences and workshops throughout the academic year. Check out our new CSAE Development Economics Webinar Series, new this term!



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The fellowships support a two month residency in Oxford, including flights, accommodation and a small stipend for a limited number of African scholars currently pursuing a career in economics


Our researchers are working on projects across Africa and other developing countries on a range of topics from firms and labour to welfare and behaviour.

Dr Mahreen Mahmud discusses her work as part of the Mind and Behaviour Research Group on cash transfers, aspirations and goal-setting: impact on female empowerment in Kenya.

Dr Kate Orkin discusses her work as part of the Mind and Behaviour Research Group on improving labour market outcomes for young people in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Associate Professor Simon Quinn discusses his co-authored work at the Centre for the Study of African Economies, on active labour market policies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Dr Muhammad Meki discusses his co-authored work at the Centre for the Study of African Economies, on equity based microfinance for microenterprises.


Our researchers strive to create a close and trusted network of connections with senior officials and advisors in the countries that we are working in to ensure that our research engages with the current challenges faced by policymakers and international organisations in developing countries.

Professor Stefan Dercon discusses his work at the CSAE and how academics are in a position to really make a difference.


Professor Chris Adam discusses what academics can offer policymakers and his role in providing informed advice as part of the CSAE.

Professor Pramila Krishnan discusses the importance of capacity building and her role at the CSAE in encouraging high-quality research on Africa.

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