Barcelona GSE works to connect economic research with African society

The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics is collaborating with the African School of Economics and the Women for Africa Foundation to increase the impact of economic research on the lives of Africans.

This May, the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics signed a collaboration agreement with the Women for Africa Foundation (Fundación Mujeres por África or MxA). The Barcelona GSE will work with MxA to leverage economic research via activities designed specifically for African women. Agreement announcement on MxA's website

The agreement with Women for Africa is the Barcelona GSE's second institutional initiative with a specific focus on Africa. Last year, the School established collaboration with the Africa School of Economics (ASE). As part of this initiative, Prof. Gianmarco Leon (UPF and Barcelona GSE) visited the ASE for one week this May to teach Political Economics. His lectures covered topics such as voter behavior, the relationship between the media and politics, and political corruption. Read more on ASE's website


Professor Gianmarco Leon (center) at the African School of Economics in Cotonou, Benin.

Barcelona GSE alumni careers in Africa

While the Barcelona GSE works on an institutional level to connect economic research with African society, some of the School's alumni are also making an impact through their individual career paths. They include Rodrigo Deiana '11, one of several Barcelona GSE alumni selected over the years to participate in the Oversees Development Institute Fellowship Program, and Ana Garcia '13, Project Associate in Uganda for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA/J-PAL). Members of IPA/J-PAL have traveled to Barcelona from Paris to recruit students every year since 2012.

Other alumni career paths through Africa have taken them to jobs with firms and organizations such as:

  • Accenture South Africa
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative in Lesotho
  • Genesis Analytics in South Africa
  • German Society for International Cooperation in Botswana
  • The World Bank in Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Uganda

African School of Economics

Women for Africa Foundation