How Corruption Corrodes Growth in Africa: Addressing the Root-causes

Corruption undermines growth and development and deepens the risk of instability. Most countries that are ranked high in the periodic Corruption Perception Index published by Transparency International, are also experiencing various forms of insecurity including threat of terrorism. Corruption also reduces the prospects of government to provide basic services and other public goods for citizens. It is a further constraint in boosting FDI in Africa. Reducing corruption especially will therefore increase the prospects for growth and sustainable development. This panel will seek to reflect on policy options and best practices on Africa’s anti-corruption efforts in both the public and private sectors.


Dr. Ahmed H Adam


Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, named by Forbes as one of the 20 most Powerful Young Women in Africa is a Social Entrepreneur whose work is at the Intersection of Entrepreneurship, Youth Education/Development and Public Leadership. She is the Founder / CEO of RISE NETWORKS, Nigeria’s leading Social Enterprise whose mandate focuses on using Tech Innovation to create advocacy, skills empowerment and learning opportunities for the inclusive growth of Youth with the core objective of preparing them for effective Value Based Leadership at all levels in the Public, Private and Social Sectors. Their flagship project, is Nigeria’s most used mobile learning portal with access to curriculum-based education content with standardized assessments and exam review questions in digital format distributed via web and mobile to underserved high school students and teachers. Rise Networks’ annual Youth Debate Championships [formerly known as Rise National Youth Forum] are the largest gatherings of young people for Youth Engagement Programs at different locations across Nigeria. Toyosi is an Edward Mason Fellow and Master in Public Administration from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government where she also served as Vice President for International Student Affairs and Chair of the International Student Affairs Committee. Her 2nd Book, ‘WE HAVE TO BELONG – Why the Poor Majority of my Rich Country cannot wait anymore’ was also launched at Harvard University in 2017. She studied Strategic Management at Executive Level at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, has a Certificate in Youth Inclusive Financial Services from University of New Hampshire, holds a Certificate in Media Enterprise from the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University. She studied Digital Marketing Strategy at the UK Institute of Digital Marketing and received a 2nd Class UPPER Bachelors’ degree in Civil Law from the University of Jos. Toyosi has been honored as a new Leader of tomorrow by the Crans Montana Forum in Europe. She is an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the United States Government and she’s been a Judge of the NESCAFE Get Started Africa Entrepreneurship Challenge and a Judge of the Bank of Africa’s African Entrepreneurship Awards.

Eva Edline Murungi

Eva Edline Murungi
The Global Network for Public Interest Law | Fordham University School of Law

Eva Edline Murungi is an Attorney trained in Uganda and a Harvard Law School alumnus (’18). After completing her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree (magna cum laude) at Makerere University, Uganda, and the Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Law Development Centre, Edline practiced at commercial law firm Bowmans (A.F. Mpanga Advocates) in Uganda in 2016-2017. Edline recently graduated with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Harvard Law School in May 2018. She has a passion for commercial and corporate law and the public interest in particular the legal aspects of responsible investment in areas of impact investment, project finance and all other international business transactions. She has experience and great interest in the intersection between law, international finance, investment policy and development. She is currently pursuing a fellowship with the Global Network for Public Interest Law and is also an international Visiting Scholar and Researcher at Fordham University School of law in New York. She is a strong believer in the rule of law, equal rights and opportunities for all people. She has written in areas of financial regulation, financial technology and using aspects of transactional law for the public interest to achieve sustainable development.

Zikho Pali is an LLM. candidate at Harvard Law School. Prior to coming to Harvard, she practiced as an attorney for several years and worked for Bowmans South Africa (previously Bowman Gilfillan.Inc), one of the largest law firms in Africa. During this period, she was nominated and appointed by the provincial government as the youngest serving board member at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, the largest hospital in Africa and the third largest in the world. She is currently one of the Co-founders and Vice President of Quro Medical, a private company that is incorporated in South Africa. Quro medical combines the use of technology, mid-level healthcare professionals and specialist oversight to deliver an affordable, quality at-home medical healthcare service.

Prof. Tade Okediji
Professor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Professor Tade Okediji is Chair of the Department of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Applied Economics. Professor Okediji’s research and scholarship focus on comparative institutional economic development with emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. His work has examined the effects of ethnic diversity on long-term economic performance in sub-Saharan Africa, and the relationship between race, ethnicity and economic development in Brazil. He has also written on economic education, with a focus on how the design and implementation of interventions improve overall student performance in large Principles of Microeconomics courses. His current research examines the effects of large-scale Chinese investment in Africa on ethnic rivalry. In 2017, Professor Okediji was awarded the Horace T. Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the highest honor bestowed on faculty members at the University of Minnesota in recognition of teaching excellence. He is a member of the University’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Professor Okediji’s articles have appeared in Economics Bulletin, Applied Economic Letters, Journal of Economic Education, Journal of Institutional Economics, The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, The American Economist and The Chicago-Kent Law Review. He has also contributed several chapters in edited volumes exploring economic development in Africa.