Foreign investment flows in Africa and socio-economic upgrading

Source: Business Insider Africa

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows to African countries have grown exponentially in recent decades, bringing with them much sought-after expansion in industry and services. Employment has also often increased as a by-product. However, while undeniably positive, such features are far from being uncontroversial. Join us for our upcoming panel discussion that will explore the multiple faces of FDI and its impact on social and economic upgrading by looking at two West-African case studies, the economies of Ghana and Nigeria. The webinar will ask under what conditions is FDI more likely to benefit workers and domestic companies and what factors influence social and economic upgrading trajectories in the countries considered.

For the event, we have the pleasure to host Mrs Mavis Akuffobea-Essilfie (Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Ghana) and Dr Taiwo Victor Ojapinwa (University of Lagos, Nigeria). Dr Serena Masino (University of Westminster) will moderate the event.

Time: Dec 2, 2021 02:00 PM in London

Register in advance for this webinar:



Mrs Mavis Akuffobea-Essilfie

PhD Candidate, Sociologist, Senior Research Scientist @Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana

Mavis Akuffobea-Essilfie is a Sociologist and a Senior Research Scientist at Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana. She is a PhD candidate, about to graduate from the University of Ghana. She holds an M.Phil. in Sociology from the same University. Mavis has experience in policy research in the areas of gender, climate change, innovation and transformation research. She is also interested in policy research regarding Multinational Enterprises and their role in achieving the SDGs. In particular, her research has looked at how Foreign Direct Investment relates to local capability building and what its subsequent and sustainable impact on the livelihoods of people is.

Dr Taiwo Victor Ojapinwa

Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics @University of Lagos, Nigeria

Taiwo Victor Ojapinwa is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics, at the University of Lagos in Nigeria and an African Development Bank Scholar. He obtained both his M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Economics from the University of Lagos. He has experience in policy research in the area of financing economic recovery and transformation growth research, while his research interests also cover FDI, Foreign Aid and Sustainable Development financing; more specifically, he has worked on the disaggregated impact of FDI in Nigeria from a macroeconomic perspective.

Dr Serena Masino

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Development and Economics @School of Organisations, Economy and Society, Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, UK

Dr Serena Masino is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Development and Economics at the University of Westminster’s School of Organisations, Economy and Society. Before joining the University of Westminster, she held a post-doctoral position at the University of Oxford’s Department for International Development and obtained her PhD from the University of Manchester. In addition to this, she also consulted for a number of United Nations’ organisations such as the WFP and UNU-WIDER. Serena’s current field of research lies at the intersection between social policy and the political economy of development, and her research has previously looked at issues of global health policy, globalisation and labour in transnational production settings. Serena is currently one of the Research Leaders of the Westminster Development Policy Network.

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