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Wolfgang Fengler

Wolfgang Fengler
Wolfgang Fengler is the World Bank's Lead Economist in the Nairobi office of the World Bank where he covers Kenya, Rwanda, and Eritrea.

A native German, Wolfgang has been a staff member of the World Bank for 12 years, during which he lived in three continents: First in America working at the World Bank's headquarters in Washington DC, then in Asia as a Senior Economist in the Indonesia office and now in Kenya, which hosts the World Bank's largest office in Africa. Wolfgang has published extensively including on issues covering structural adjustment, public finance, and the global aid architecture.

In 2010, he co-edited "Delivering Aid Differently", a Brookings publication together with Homi Kharas. With his Nairobi based team, he also launched the Kenya Economic Update, the World bank's most circulated publication in Africa. Together with Marcelo Giugale, Wolfgang also hosts the "Economics for Everyone – Development Discourse…" column in Kenya's Saturday Nation. Prior to joining the World Bank, he set up Africa Consulting, LLC, and was a Fellow at the Research Institute for International Relations. Wolfgang gained a PhD in political economy from the University of Hamburg (Germany). Wolfgang loves sports and is the "Football commissioner" at the International School of Kenya where he organizes one of the largest kids' sports events in Kenya of its kind, the "Nairobi Mini World Cup."

You can follow Wolfgang on Twitter @wolfgangfengler

Recent blog posts

  • Has Africa outgrown Aid?
    Africa’s emergence is the new consensus. For the second time in a just few months, a major international journal has run a cover illustrating new-found optimism about the continent. After The Economist’s mea culpa (correcting its previous assessment of a “hopeless continent”), TIME magazine just re-ran an earlier title: “Africa rising”. This is no fluke: Africa’s economies are growing and the continent is much wealthier today than it ever was – even though, collectively, it remains the poorest on the planet.


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