The Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) is an independent non-profit research organization established in April 2008 by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-lweala, former Managing Director, World Bank, and currently Nigeria's Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Honourable Minister of Finance. CSEA was borne out of the need to bridge the gap caused by the paucity of rigorous empirical research that affects the quality of policies implemented in the African countries. The Centre's location in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, also provides close proximity to government agencies. CSEA serves as a forum for quality research analyses, and policy dialogue by stakeholders from the private sector, government, national assembly, and civil society. The policy-oriented research carried out by the Centre, including the articulation of policy choices, tradeoffs and implications, is put forward to the general public and decision-makers to stimulate rigorous debates on the effects of government policies on economic growth and development in Nigeria and Africa. CSEA is poised to assist in disseminating best practices to enable African governments improve their public financial management systems. The Centre carries out applied research and presents policy options to enhance macroeconomic stability, fiscal transparency and accountability Similarly, CSEA advocates for greater fiscal transparency and accountability, reduction in leakages of public funds and improvements in governments’ delivery of social and public services. In addition, CSEA engages in capacity building with the goal of fostering rapid economic growth and alleviating poverty on the African continent.
CSEA has the dual mission of improving public financial management systems in Africa, and improving Africa’s research contribution to international economic policy debates.