Dr. Ayodele Odusola

Chief Economist and Head, Strategy and Analysis Team,

Regional Bureau for Africa, UNDP, New York

Ayodele Odusola is the Chief Economist and Head of the Strategy and Analysis Team for UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA). He provides strategic leadership on development strategy, policy analysis and knowledge products on Africa. Further, he coordinates the preparation of regional flagship reports for RBA, including the Africa Human Development Report, the African Economic Outlook, Africa MDG/SDGs reports and the book Income Inequality Trends in sub-Saharan Africa: Divergence, Determinants, and Consequences (which he co-edited) as well as strategic policy notes and occasional policy papers. Dr. Odusola provides intellectual leadership to SDG acceleration frameworks in sub-Saharan Africa, managing the network of Senior Economists in UNDP Africa Country Offices and providing strategic advice on policy matters to the RBA Director.

He is the Chair of the UNDP Corporate Technical Team on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs). He coordinated from UNDP’s side the support to the 2011 Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA), the organization of the 2014 Ministerial Meeting on LDCs in Cotonou and the organization of the 2016 Midterm Review conference of the IPoA in Antalya as well as coordinating UNDP’s support to LDC graduation process. He led the UN mission on the Angolan Graduation. Further, he has supported many African governments on the preparation of national development plans, strategies and visions.

As an economist, Dr. Odusola focuses on dynamics of macroeconomics and development economics pertaining to the African continent. Prior to Chief Economist, he served as the RBA MDGs Adviser for Sub-Saharan Africa, after his tenure as Economic Adviser in UNDP South Africa, where he played a key role in developing partnerships on the MDGs and in publishing the National and Provincial MDG and Human Development Reports. Before his time in South Africa, he was a Senior Economist in UNDP Nigeria, supporting the preparation of fiscal responsibility legislation; local, regional and national MDGs; and human development reports as well as other knowledge products.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Dr. Odusola worked with the Presidency of Nigeria (1993-2015); and from 1999 to 2005, he served as Head of the Research and Macroeconomic Training Programme under the President’s Economic Management Think-Tank. He has worked in several African countries.

Academically, Dr. Odusola has lectured several universities in Africa and has published over 50 articles in national and international journals, editing and authoring books as well as technical reports. In 2001, he was the African Visiting Scholar to the International Monetary Fund.

Mr. Odusola is a Nigerian national and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


Publications

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1. THE NEXUS BETWEEN GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS AND NIGERIA’S VISION 20:2020

2. Africa's Structural Transformation: From Strategy to Action

3. Effects of Temperature and Rainfall Shocks on Economic Growth in Africa

4. Poverty and the Dynamics of Women's Participation in Household Decision-Making in Nigeria

5. Assessing the Impact of Nigeria's Naira Depreciation on Output and Inflation

6. LAND GRAB IN AFRICA: A REVIEW OF EMERGING ISSUES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR POLICY OPTIONS

7. Climate Change and Economic Growth in Africa: An Econometric Analysis

8. Africa’s Structural Transformation: From Strategy to Action

9. Fiscal Space, Poverty and Inequality in Africa

10. Economics of Exchange Rate Management

11. POVERTY AND FERTILITY DYNAMICS IN NIGERIA: A MICRO EVIDENCE

12. PRODUCTIVITY AND UNEMPLOYMENT IN NIGERIA

13. Assessing Development Strategies to Achieve the MDGs in The Republic of South Africa

14. Tax Policy Reforms in Nigeria

15. The Nigerian Oil Industry: Environmental Diseconomies, Management Strategies and the Need for Community Involvement

16. UNDERSTANDING POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL INNOVATIONS TO HARNESS KNOWLEDGE FOR THE REALIZATION OF THE MDGS IN AFRICA

17. Agriculture, Rural Poverty and Income Inequality in sub-Saharan Africa

18. Inequalities and Conflict in Africa: An empirical investigation

19. Drivers of Income Inequality in Burkina Faso, Ghana and the United Republic of Tanzania: A comparative analysis

20. Fiscal Policy, Redistribution and Inequality in Africa

21. Income Inequality and Population Growth in Africa

22. Conclusions and Policy Recommendations

23. Economic Development Management in Nigeria: Dynamics, Dialectics and Outcomes

24. Savings, Investment and Growth Patterns in Developed and Developing countries

25. STRATEGIES FOR REVITALIZING THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY: The Role of the Informal Sector

26.Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa in the context of complex global development cooperation

27. Addressing the foreign direct investment paradox in Africa