Karin  Wedig, PhD Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Karin Wedig, PhD

chief economist Africa

I am the regional chief economist for Africa at Germany's development agency GIZ. Previously, I was Assistant Professor for International Political Economy at the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, USA. My current work focuses on ecologically sustainable and employment-intensive economic development in African societies. My research agenda includes export oriented agriculture, rural labor markets, and socio-economic effects of FDI in low-income countries.


Karin Wedig is the regional chief economist for Africa of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ). Previously, she was Assistant Professor of Development Economics at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, USA. Her work focuses on pathways for socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable economic development in Africa, with a particular focus on the role of national industrialization strategies for employment-intensive growth. Dr. Wedig has managed interdisciplinary research projects on the sustainable development of agricultural export sectors like fisheries, aquaculture and coffee in various African countries. She has in-depth regional experience in East and West Africa as well as in Indonesia. Dr. Wedig has worked as a consultant for bi- and multi-lateral organizations (e.g. Agence Française de Développement, UNESCO, UNDP) in the fields of labor market policy, vocational education and training reform, and SME promotion. She has degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (BSc) and the University of Cambridge (MPhil) and received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Rural Development and Agriculture; Development Economics; International Political Economy


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