Women In Economics / Development

Women in Economics: Una Osili on the Resilience of Philanthropy and Why so Few African Women Economists

Una Osili

May 21, 2024

Photo courtesy of Una Osili

In This Episode

When disaster strikes, the knee-jerk reaction is to seek public funds for support, but private donors have the agility that governments often don’t. And while capital flows to Africa slowed to a trickle during the pandemic, philanthropy and remittances held steady. Una Osili holds the Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy at Indiana University and believes Africa would benefit from more private donor funding and more African women to manage it. In this podcast, Journalist Rhoda Metcalfe asks Dr. Osili about her work and why there aren’t more women economists on the continent. Transcript

Una Osili is the Associate Dean for Research and International Programs at Indiana University and holds the Efroymson Chair at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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