Tuesday, April 08, 2014


CALL FOR PAPERS: Transforming Capacity for African Development

The African Development Bank (AfDB) through its capacity development department, the African Development Institute (EADI), and in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) envisages, plan to host a high level conference on “Transforming Capacity for African Development” in the fourth quarter of 2014. The aim of this conference is to take stock of issues, frameworks, methods, and lessons for transforming capacity as a key input to achieving sustainable African development. The conference contributions will also highlight best practices and identify knowledge and action gaps in developing capacities for achieving sustainable development in Africa. Addressing these capacity limitations requires looking into various areas including: agriculture and food security, infrastructure development, regional integration, private sector development, skills, technology and job creation, gender and inclusive growth,fragility and socio-economic vulnerability, climate change, environmental sustainability and green growth, governance and accountability, and migration and human security. In the context of the above areas, the conference themes will be arranged in the following six thematic areas:

Each paper should attempt to explicitly define the concepts, contextualize the issues, review the extant literature on the subject, critically interrogate the key issues, and provide empirical evidence in support of all arguments and conclusions. It is important that authors make use of African case studies from different parts of the continent to cover the variety of existing scenarios and to support their conclusions and policy recommendations. Papers are to be written either in English or French. The final paper should be 8,000 - 10,000 words (max) in length, excluding figures, plates, and references.

This call is open to development practitioners and/or researchers/academics, with an advanced academic degree and/or working experience in the social sciences, resources management, agriculture, public policy, development statistics, economics, agricultural economics, development studies or a related field. Submissions from policy think-tanks working on capacity development are also to be considered.

More information.

Deadline: May 2, 2014

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