Policy Debate Blog


The African Economic Research Consortium Alumni Association (AERCAA) Policy Debate blog provides a platform for debates among scholars, policymakers and practitioners on key development policy issues, as initiated or a response to published e-AERCAA Policy Discussion Paper, emanating from currently developing economic issue, and an ongoing policy discussion at regional and international level.

It provides an opportunity for AERCAA members to contribute online to discussion of topical policy issues in Africa raised from time to time on the AERCAA website. The objective is to promote critical and constructive exchanges of ideas between policy makers, practitioners and academics on key development challenges across the region.

In addition to the economic policy issues, the alumni are also encouraged to suggest topics on institutional and operational challenges faced by policy makers and practitioners.

The process of initiating a debate

A contributor is invited to send a topic and a short synopsis (one to two paragraphs) on an issue of interest to the AERCAA secretariat. The secretariat will queue your contribution and give you an indication on when it will be posted for debate. The assumption is that there could be many topics suggested and we need to provide adequate time for the current issue to be debated. It is the responsibility of the secretariat to manage the queue and posting of suggested topics. The secretariat can also post a topic that a public policymaker suggests.

The views expressed by participants may be published in AERCAA Newsletter, the official newsletter of the AERC Alumni Association and made available to policy authorities for possible consideration and adoption.

Debating time

When a topic for debate is posted, contributions will be received for a period of three to five days depending on how much interest it has elicited. After the topic is withdrawn from the website alumni members can continue on bilateral exchange. At the end of the debate the secretariat will try to bring out the key issues in a brief summary that will be posted in the website. More importantly, the secretariat together with the contributor who proposed will try to bring out issues that require more focus including researchable elements.

Terms of Use of the Policy Debate Blog

  • The AERCAA secretariat shall be entitled at any time at its absolute and exclusive discretion to delete, remove or suspend the whole or any part of any contribution, or of any response, or any information posted within without notice and without incurring any liability.
  • In addition, the AERCAA secretariat shall be entitled at any time at its absolute and exclusive discretion to restrict or suspend or cancel the access of any contributor without notice and without incurring any liability.
  • The AERCAA secretariat does not enter into correspondence about (a) why it has taken down a response or a contribution, or any information within either of them, or (b) why it has restricted, suspended or cancelled the access of any contributor.
  • The AERCAA secretariat has the responsibility to vet contributions but it has no responsibility for any of the information which is posted by contributors. The opinions are the opinions of the contributors, and do not represent any advice or opinions of the AERCAA.

Alumni Contributors to AERCAA Policy Debate Blog

  • As contributors to the AERCAA Policy Blog, contributors shall be responsible for the accuracy and completeness of their post in the policy debate blog.
  • Contributors shall use the communities only to post comments, messages and material that are original and proper and appropriate to the AERCAA.
  • Contributors shall not defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten, impersonate any person or entity or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy or intellectual property rights where applicable) of others where those rights exist.
  • Contributors shall not publish, post, distribute or disseminate any material that is classified as obscene, indecent or unlawful.
  • Contributors shall not advertise or offer to sell any goods or services, or contests or chain letters.
  • Contributors shall not delete any contributor attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded.
  • Contributors shall not falsify the origin or source of any content or other material .
  • Contributors shall not download any file posted by another user which the person know cannot be legally distributed in such manner.
  • In the event that contributors discover any content on the policy blog which is considered as a breach of any of these terms, or is otherwise unacceptable, contributors should notify the AERCAA Policy Blog Administrator immediately. Contributors shall not, however, have the right to edit or remove a posting, once it is made, whether or not the individual posted such contribution.

African Economic Research Consortium Alumni Association. The email contact is alumni@aercalumni.org.