1st International Pan-African Conference on the CHALLENGES OF GROWTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
June 24, 2019
Location: 
Nigeria
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Contemporary History, Environmental History / Studies, Health and Health Care

CHRISLAND UNIVERSITY, ABEOKUTA, NIGERIA

in Collaboration with

CEOAFRICA

Organises the

1st International Pan-African Conference

with the theme

CHALLENGES OF GROWTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

For many years, the development challenge has been a rich world of one billion people facing a poor world of five billion people. The real development challenge is that there is a group of countries at the bottom that are falling behind and often falling apart. This has been described by Paul Collier (2007) as The Bottom Billion. Unfortunately, most of the Bottom Billion countries are located in Africa. For example, Nigeria, a country in Africa, has been dubbed the current “world capital of poverty” .

It is important to note that since the end of the Second World War in 1945, when the level of underdevelopment of the Third World countries became apparent, various efforts have been made to, in the words of Bill Clinton, “move to a future of shared benefits and shared responsibilities.” These efforts crystallized into the Millennium Development Goals of 2000, when governments of 189 countries committed themselves at the UN General Assemblies to achieving by 2015. Among these were eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; promoting primary education; promoting gender equality and empowering women; reducing infant mortality; improving maternal health; eradicating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development (Stiglitz and Charlton. Fair Trade for All, 2007: xxiii).

Nonetheless, there have been pessimism and also optimism regarding the extent to which poor countries, most especially Africa, would achieve these components of the MDGs by 2015. On the side of pessimism, Jeffery Sachs, in his The End of Poverty (2005), notes that more than eight million people around the world die each year because they are too poor to stay alive, arguing that our generation can choose to end that extreme poverty not by 2015, but by 2025. Similarly, Paul Collier (2007) has argued that “by 2015 it will be apparent that this way of conceptualizing development has become obsolete.” On the side of optimism, Moises Naim (The End of Power, 2013) glorifies the first decade of the twenty-first century as arguably the humanity’s most successful, adding that all classes of countries, including those with disadvantageous geography and history, experienced reductions in poverty. He based this argument on the available statistics on global poverty and GDP. This optimism led to the concept of “Africa Rising” introduced by The Economist (2010), put differently by Kingsley Muoghalu (2013) as “Emerging Africa”.

However, events and situation in Africa have shown that this optimism may not be shared by Africans themselves; and the systems of metrics that use GDP as a measure of economic performance have been variously doubted and criticized by Joseph Stiglizt, Armatya Sen, and Jean-Paul Fittoussi (2010), as Mis-measuring our Lives. They identify the limits of GDP as an indicator of economic performance and social progress, arguing that “there appears to be an increasing gap between the information contained in aggregate GDP data and what counts for common people’s well-being”. Thus, the UN Millennium Declaration of 2000 has reached its terminal date of 2015 without a real impact on the Africa continent, leading to the Sustainable Development Goals of 2015-2030.

At the moment, African countries are still grappling with problems associated with underdevelopment and economic backwardness: poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, high mortality rate, low standard of living, and insecurity. Apart from these, economic and political instability are major features in many African societies at the expiration of the initial date set for the accomplishment of the MDGs. Consequently, the following questions have arisen: To what extent has Africa achieved the MDGs? Why have the various development initiatives failed in Africa? What factors are responsible for Africa’s underdevelopment and backwardness? And how could Africa become relevant in global politics?

Against this backdrop, Chrisland University and CEOAfrica organise a two-day international conference, 24-25 June 2019, to provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, activists, students and professionals in development studies to attempt at providing answers to the foregoing overarching questions on the growth and development of Africa.

Interested participants are, therefore, invited to submit their abstracts of not more than 250 words in English through our online portal (http://conference2019.ceoafrica.com) and emailed to the Organising Secretary, Dr. O. G. Muojama (conference2019@ceoafrica.com), by 30 April 2019 on any of the following or related streams:

  • Theories and epistemology of growth and development
  • Poverty and the Challenges of growth and development
  • Hunger, Food Crisis and development
  • Education and development
  • Gender equity, women empowerment and sustainable development
  • Religion, ethnicity and challenges of development  
  • Health Care and sustainable development
  • Environmental sustainability and development
  • Global partnership and development
  • Technology and development
  • Language, Communication, New Media and development
  • The State, institutional framework and development challenges in Africa
  • Security and sustainable development goal
  • Interdisciplinary approach to growth and development in Africa

 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dampha Lang Fafa, Executive Secretary, ACALAN-AU, Bamako, Mali

Conference Venue:   Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Nigeria

Conference Fees:

  1. Conference Registration, with  3 night-Accommodation, Meal and Transportation:

               Local Participants                                                                   N50,000

                International Participants                                                        $200

                                                                        or

  1. Conference Registration and meal (without accommodation and Transportation):              

                    Local Participants                                                                   N25,000           

 

                    International Participants                                                        $100

 

For inquiries:

Dr. B. J. Ojo                                                                               Dr. O.G. Muojama

ACALAN-AU, Bamako, Mali                                               University of Ibadan

                                                         conference@ceoafrica.com                                                       conference2019@ceoafrica.com

Coordinator, Organising Committee                                                  +234 8085576175

                                                                                                                 CGSDA Organising Secretary

 

Dr. Akinola A. James                                                              Dr. Willie A. Eselebor

Department of English                                                            University of Ibadan

Chrisland University                                                               +234 803718512

conference@ceoafrica.com

+234 8036616011

    

Host:                                                                           Chief Host:

CEOAFRICA                                                             Professor Chinedu Babalola

                                                                              Vice-Chancellor

                                                                                    Chrisland University, Abeokuta

 

 

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