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New ideas for economic growth in developing countries


Top policymakers and researchers from Africa and South Asia will join leading Western experts in London next week to debate the latest ideas for stimulating economic growth in developing countries at Growth Week 2013, organised by the International Growth Centre (IGC).

Participants at the annual conference (23-25 September) include researchers, government ministers and other senior policymakers from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Liberia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Participants will discuss a range of key growth issues, including:

  • Closing the gender gap in education
  • Innovations to improve healthcare
  • Transforming the lives of the ‘ultrapoor’
  • Access to finance and insurance
  • Financing infrastructure
  • Managing cities and urbanisation
  • Climate change, the environment and natural resources
  • Making governments more effective at tax-raising and other key roles
  • Entrepreneurship, industrial development and the costs of doing business
  • Closing the gender gap in education


Public lectures will be given by: 


  • Trevor Manuel, South African Minister in the Presidency, South Africa
  • Paul Collier, University of Oxford & Co-Director of the IGC
  • Abhijit Banerjee, MIT & Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and Robin Burgess, LSE & Co-Director of the IGCand Robin Burgess,


Speakers and participants include:

  • Axel Addy, Ministry of Commerce and Industry of LiberiaChris Blattman, Columbia University
  • Albert Byamugisha, Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda
  • Tariq Bajwa, Chairman of Federal Board of Revenue, Government of Pakistan
  • Nick Bloom, Stanford University
  • Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Honourable Minister, Government of Bihar, India
  • Mushtaque Chowdhury, Vice Chair BRAC Governing Body
  • Stefan Dercon, University of Oxford; Chief Economist, DFID
  • Michael Greenstone, MIT
  • James Kollie, Deputy Minister for Revenue, Ministry of Finance of Liberia
  • Navin Kumar, Former Chief Secretary Bihar, India
  • Luka Monoja, Member of Parliament and former Minister of Health and Cabinet Affairs, South Sudan
  • Zaw Oo, Economic Adviser to the President of Myanmar
  • Oluniyi Robbin-Coker, Minister of Energy, Republic of Sierra Leone
  • Rathin Roy, Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, India
  • Amina Rwakunda, Director of Tax Policy, Ministry of Finance, Rwanda
  • Murad Ali Shah, Minister Finance, Sindh Government, Pakistan

Additional notes

Journalists are welcome to attend Growth Week. For more information about Growth Week and to download the full agenda and list of speakers, visit:


To apply to reserve a press seat or to request interviews with any speakers, and for any other queries, please contact Jeanett Rosback j.i.rosbak@lse.ac.uk  

To apply to reserve a press seat or to request interviews with any speakers, and for any other queries, please contact Jeanett Rosback   

The International Growth Centre is a joint initiative with LSE and Oxford University with offices across the developing world. It is funded by the UK Department for International Development.


16 September 2013