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About Léonce Ndikumana

After suffering political persecution as a prisoner of conscience in his native Burundi, Léonce Ndikumana now devotes his research and scholarship to improving the lives of some of the planet’s most impoverished people. His work focuses on macroeconomic policy in Africa, the subject of several of his books and fifty-plus articles.
Ndikumana’s latest work, on capital flight from Africa, has had a major impact on policy debate. It shows that the continent has suffered more than $1 trillion in capital flight since 1970, making it an international net creditor, not a net debtor.
After receiving tenure at UMass Amherst in 2002, Ndikumana was appointed chief of macroeconomic analysis at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and subsequently became director of development economics research at the African Development Bank. He returned to this campus in 2011 to serve as Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics and direct the African Policy Program at the Political Economy Research Institute.


Present Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present Director of the Africa Policy Program, PERI, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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Honors and Awards

  • Recipients of the 2013 Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Member, United Nations Committee on Development Policy, 2013 (through 2015)
  • Honorary Professor, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2011–13
  • President, African Finance and Economics Association, 2005–07
  • Fulbright Scholar, University of Cape Town, 2003–04
  • Dudley Seers Memorial Prize, Journal of Development Studies, 2003


  • Macroeconomics, graduate and undergraduate
  • African economic development
  • Money and Banking

Contact Information

Thompson Hall Room #910
200 Hicks Way
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545-1340


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