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Milasoa Chérel-Robson

Milasoa Chérel-Robson

Economist, PhD

United Nations

Born in Madagascar, I strive to contribute to sustainable development in low income countries. I do so by undertaking work assignments that contribute to the elimination of hunger & poverty as well as to the creation of wealth & opportunities. I call myself a feminist, i.e. I strive to be a catalyst for women's ...





Is Local Content A Catalyst for Development? The Case of Oil in Nigeria

I had the opportunity to work on a paper that uncovers that loopholes in Nigeria's local content policy and regulatory framework led to oil being associated with corruption and limited development benefits for the population at large. The analysis also reviews how some countries used oil as a fuel for developing the manufacturing sector. It ends with some highlights on policy implications for other oil rich African countries at the age of climate change.


Rapport 2017: Le tourisme au service d’une croissance transformatrice et inclusive en Afrique

J'ai eu le privilège de faire partie de l'équipe de lancement de ce rapport phare de la CNUCED. Le tourisme a des retombées économiques et commerciales conséquentes. C'est un secteur en plein essor: 4 touristes sur 10 proviennent du continent en Afrique sub-saharienne. Il représente plus de 21 millions d’emplois directs et indirects (soit un emploi sur 14) sur le continent.

Maximising Development Linkages from the Mineral Sector in Central Africa

Projet Lead on Conceptualisation of Capacity Building Activities

It was yet another opportunity to lead a team through a challenging but essential activity. We delivered capacity building activities in mineral rich economies in Central Africa. The aim was to support all parties in making local firms part of business linkages from large scale Foreign Investment projects. We aligned our activities with the African Mining Vision.


UNCTAD, Special Unit on Commodities

Co-author of Commodities & Development Report 2015 Edition on Smallholder Farmers and Sustainable Commodity Production

A meaningful publication for a meaningful year for international development: 2015. The report emphasises that smallholders deserve more policy attention to unleash their full business potential. It showcases examples of good & impactful policy practices across the developing world & makes strong policy recommendations at the national, regional and international levels.


International Guarantee Fund (FIG)

Deputy Director responsible for Programme Management

I had a stint at FIG in Geneva shortly before finishing my PhD. It was one of my most rewarding work assignments. FIG works with Farmers Organisations and Microfinance Institutions to deliver bank guarantees that have helped the disbursement of credits worth $240 million through domestic banks in its 20 years of existence.


UNCTAD, Investment and Enterprise Division

Lead author of Investment Policy Reviews & Investment Attraction Strategies

The Investment Policy Reviews Section at UNCTAD shows an impressive track record: more than 40 policy reviews undertaken over the years. I led fact finding missions and was the lead author of two Investment Policy Reviews and strategies: those of Djibouti and of the Republic of the Congo. It was very rewarding to work closely with governments, upon their request, to evaluate their country's investment policy framework. The process includes an inclusive consultation process that includes government officials, private sector and civil society representatives. The end goal is to co-design an investment policy framework suitably geared for achieving sustainable development.


Dissemination of key messages from an UNCTAD flagship report

As a co-author of the 2011 edition of the Economic Development in Africa Report, I undertook many dissemination activities across many media platforms. In this video I was interviewed on the Power Lunch programme on CNBC Africa to highlight the need for African countries to embark on designing and implementing an industrial policy to succeed in the global trading environment.


Multilateral Organisations and Universities

International Development Professional

I graduated from my Masters degree in International Economics in 1997 and set out to spend the ensuing 10 years to work as a campaigner, researcher, survey supervisor, policy advisor and university teaching assistant. I worked in many countries, lived in different shared houses. I was relentlessly guided by the principles of liberty, knowledge acquisition & contribution.


Microfinance and Public Policy, a co-publication of the International Labour Office the United Nations Press with Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.

Co-author of the chapter on Mali.

In view of the multiplicity of market and other contextual constraints in the microfinance sector, this book argues that related public policy should be guided by efficiency based on the combination of financial performance and social impact. It became a valuable contribution to the debate surrounding the performance and sustainability of microfinance institutions (MFIs). The argument is illustrated by an empirical analysis of 45 MFIs from around the world.


Book on Pespectives on Growth and Poverty, published by the United University Press.

Co-author of chapter on Growth, Poverty and Inequality in Zambia during the 1990s

This was my very first major involvement in a research project. A very insightful journey into the complexities of the linkages between growth, poverty & inequality in Africa. Based on insightful analytical country case studies the book probes the policy determinants of the distributional impact of growth and offers avenues for reconfiguring the road map towards effective poverty reduction.


University of Sussex, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) & Economics Department

Doctorate in Development Studies/Economics, MA in International Economics, Economics

I feel a sense of pride about Sussex being ranked No1 in where to study Development Studies and IDS being the No1 University associated Think Tank in International Development by well-known independent ranking exercises. I loved my years at Sussex. After successfully diving into the theoretical frameworks of my MA in international economics, and a couple of years working full time, I decided to embark on the eventful journey that my doctoral studies at IDS were to become. I carried on that spirit by accepting to be as an Alumni Ambassador and am a member of the Alumni Advisory Committee to the Board.