9:00—10:30 AM
Center for Global Development
2055 L Street, NW
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Washington, DC 20036

What Are Africans’ Real Development Priorities? And What Do They Think of Aid Agencies?

Watch this event below:



Katie Simmons
Associate Director, Research, Pew Research Center

Mark Green
President, International Republican Institute

Nora O’Connell
Associate Vice President of Public Policy & Advocacy, Save the Children

Yaw Ansu (via video)
Chief Economist, African Center for Economic Transformation


Ben Leo
Director of Rethinking US Development Policy, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Recent research suggests a stark mismatch between ordinary Africans’ most pressing development priorities and the agendas of US foreign aid agencies. To address this, US aid agencies have taken further steps to promote country-led approaches and foster direct engagement with and garner feedback from intended beneficiaries. Moreover, the world is pressing ahead with a new development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals.

So, what do people in Sub-Saharan Africa think about these changes? A new Pew Research Center survey conducted in 9 African countries evaluates citizens’ most important development priorities as well as their perceptions of foreign aid agencies. The countries are: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The Pew Research Center will present key findings from the survey. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the major policy implications for the development community.

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