Financing Sustainable, Inclusive & Rapid Growth in Africa

SPIA Africa Policy Network | SPIA-DC Symposium
Apr 19, 2024, 12:00 pm3:00 pm
SPIA-DC in Washington, DC
Princeton University students



Event Description

Registration required

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Princeton SPIA and JRCPPF graduate students register here. 

Many African governments face resource constraints and debt burdens amidst pressures and ambitions to advance inclusive growth, harness the talent of the region’s young population, and protect the continent from the worst effects of climate change. This symposium will explore the challenges and opportunities of mobilizing finance to advance climate adaptation in Africa and accelerate economic growth that will provide decent jobs and livelihoods to absorb the region’s growing population in the coming decades.


  • Dr. Shanta Devarajan, Georgetown University, B.A. '75
  • Darius Nassiry, Vice President for Climate, Resilience and Sustainability, WSP Consultants, MPA '96
  • Jane Rhee, U.S. Development Finance Corporation, MPA '06
  • James Ladi Williams, McKinsey & Company, MPA '18


12:00-12:30 PM Lunch & Networking
12:30-12:40 PM

Opening Remarks
Prof. Atif Mian, Princeton University
Funke Aderonmu, MPA ‘24 & Nick Brown, MPA ‘25, Africa Policy Network Co-Organizers

12:40-1:40 PM Session 1: Financing Inclusive Growth in Africa
Moderator: Lilian Best, MPP ‘24
Panelists: Shantayanan Devarajan, Georgetown University, B.A. ’75; James Ladi Williams, McKinsey & Company, MPA ’18
1:40-1:50 PM Break
1:50-2:50 PM Session 2: Financing Sustainable Growth in Africa
Moderator: Zama Ngwane, MPP ‘24
Panelists: Jane Rhee, U.S. Development Finance Corporation, MPA ’06; Darius Nassiry, Climate, Resilience and Sustainability, WSP, MPA ‘96
2:50-3:00 PM Closing Remarks
Pallavi Nuka, JRCPPF Associate Director, and APN Co-Organizers
3:00-3:30 PM Coffee & Networking

Organized by the SPIA Africa Policy Network (APN) in partnership with the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Finance & Public Policy.

Directions to the SPIA-DC offices.

  • Julis Romo Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance
  • Africa Policy Network