10. African perspectives on governance, partnership and sustainable development

Track Chairs:

Bernard Amadei. Monterson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities, University of Colorado, USA. amadei@colorado.edu 

Olawale Emmanuel Olayide. Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. waleolayide@yahoo.com

Goals and objectives of the track

Good governance and partnership for sustainable development are germane to transformation and renaissance in Africa. Contrarily, the continent has not been able to harness its huge potentials in terms of population and geographical comparative and competitive advantages. Despite the low score in many development indices, the continent can accelerate progress by aligning the various development policies with much need political will and determination. The Africa Agenda 2063, Malabo Declaration and the Sustainable Development Goals are some of the potential development levers. In this wise, there would be need for engage political leaders, researchers, and stakeholders (including youth and women) in intentional, open and transparent discourses. This is the time to take actions for sustainable development in Africa by moving from rhetoric to practice. It is time to harness the potentials and ensure real progress in the continent. Perhaps, this time around, the rhetorics would be given the needed attention and lead to transformative actions: Are development policies and partnerships in Africa mere intentions? What is the level of mutual accountability? How transformative are the development agendas?

Relevant review and empirical research papers are invited in the following subject areas, in relation to Africa:

  • Development agendas in Africa (Agenda 2063 and Malabo Declaration)
  • Alignment of global goals (Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement) for transformation of African economies
  • How Africans are (under)developing Africa: Development on the ground
  • Indigenous peoples and struggles for renaissance
  • Strategies for promoting transformative leadership and followership
  • Natural resources and sustainable development
  • Science, technology and education for sustainable development
  • Governments, institutions and legitimacy
  • Causes and impacts of conflicts and wars
  • Health systems, life expectancy and disease burdens in Africa
  • Food systems, climate change and sustainable development
  • Green growth, green economy and global futures
  • South-south cooperation and partnerships for sustainable development


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Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2017 7 January 2018