Léonce Ndikumana is a Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is also Director of the African Development Policy Program at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI). He was a recipient of the 2013 UMass Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity and was nominated as Spotlight Scholar also in 2013. He is a Member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy and an Honorary Professor of economics at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He served as Director of Research and Operational Policy at the African Development Bank, and Chief of Macroeconomic Analysis at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Ndikumana's research specialization is in macroeconomics and economic development with a focus on: external debt and capital flight, financial markets and growth, macroeconomic policies for growth and employment, and the economics of conflict and civil wars in Africa. He is co-author of Africa's Odious Debt: How Foreign Loans and Capital Flight Bled a Continent, published also in French as La Dette Odieuse d'Afrique: Comment l'endettement et la fuite des capitaux ont saigné un continent, in addition to dozens of academic articles and book chapters on African development and Macroeconomics.
Léonce Ndikumana is a graduate of the University of Burundi and received his doctorate in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
UMass Spotlight Scholar, 2013
UMass Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity, 2013
New Book: In S. I. Ajayi and L. Ndikumana (Eds.), Capital Flight from Africa: Causes, Effects and Policy Issues. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
New Working Papers:
Better Global Governance for a Stronger Africa: a New Era, a New Strategy, PERI Working Paper 369
Capital Flight: Measurement and Drivers, PERI Working Paper 363
Boyce, J. K. and Ndikumana, L. (2014). Strategies for addressing capital flight. PERI Working Paper 361.
Fofack, H. and Ndikumana, L. (2014). Capital flight and macroeconomic policy in Africa. PERI Working Paper 362.
"Implications of monetary policy for credit and investment in sub-Saharan African countries", PERI Working Paper 356
"Savings, Capital Flight, and African Development", PERI Working Paper 353.