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About the UNamur

Founded in 1831, the University of Namur, previously Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, carries on the values of the humanistic tradition through teaching and research: universality, quality, ethical commitment and solidarity. It welcomes about 5000 students and carries out research covering the main fields of knowledge.

The Centre for Research in Economic Development (CRED) is specialised in development economics with special emphasis on the role of institutions, rural development, and policies. CRED has six academics among its senior staff, and a total of about 15 PhD students plus post-docs.

The main research themes in CRED are: rural land, insurance and credit markets (including microfinance institutions); property rights and inheritance mechanisms; Management of village-level natural resources; Collective action problems in development; role of social norms; child labour; Aid effectiveness; role of Non-Governmental Organisations in development aid; Impact of legal reform and role of customary authorities; determinants of technology adoption in rural areas. CRED is ranked among the five top European research centres in development economics.

UNamur in NOPOOR

The European Union is the largest donor of international development assistance. To redefine its strategy, she appealed to the scientific world , including the Centre for Research in Economic Development (CRED) , so that proposes new policies to fight against poverty in the South .

CRED key staff members

Jean-Philippe Platteau is Director of CRED (and Professor). He is specialised in issues of poverty and institutions, with a special emphasis on the role of informal institutions. Well-known internationally for his works on land property rights (including inheritance), the role of social norms, collective action problems (with special reference to management of village-level natural resources), the role of family and community, effectiveness of decentralised aid programmes, poverty and insurance. He is the leader of WP3 in Nopoor project. 

Jean-Marie Baland is Professor specialised in natural resource management, collective action problems, child labour, microfinance institutions, and political economics of development. 

Catherine Guirkinger is Professor specialised in rural credit and insurance markets; and in the role of family structures and poverty analysis and measurement. Gani Aldashev is Professor specialised in political economics of development, law and economics, and donor organisations.



Relevant references:
Platteau J.P., 2009, «Institutional Obstacles to African Economic Development: State, Ethnicity and Custom», Journal ofEconomic Behavior and Organisation, Vol. 71, Issue 3, pp. 669-689.

Goetghebuer T. & Platteau J.P., 2009, «Inheritance Patterns in Migration-Prone Communities in the Peruvian Highlands», Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 93, pp. 71-87.

Platteau J.P. & Gaspart F., 2003, «The Risk of Resource Misappropriation in Community-Based Development Projects», World Development, Vol. 31, N° 10, pp. 1687-1703.

Platteau J.P., 2000, Institutions, Social Norms, and Economic Development. Routledge, London.

Baland J.M. & Platteau J.P., 1996, Halting Degradation of Natural Resources –Is There a Role for Rural Communities? Oxford University Press, Oxford.