While the last three decades were boom times for industrial development in low- and middle-income countries, industry has been moving out of Africa. Since 1980, industry in Africa has declined as a share of both global production and trade.The diversity and sophistication of industrial production and exports also has declined in most African economies. Today, Africa’s industrial sector is, in many ways, less advanced than in the first decade following independence.
Africa’s lack of industrial development has begun to occupy the attention of a growing number of researchers and development practitioners. It is in this context that the UNU-WIDER Development Conference “L2C – Learning to Compete: Industrial Development and Policy in Africa” will be held on 24–25 June 2013 in Helsinki, Finland.This conference will take stock of recent research, encourage an exchange of views between researchers and selected policymakers, and lay out an agenda for future research and policy. It also will showcase results of the ‘Learning to Compete (L2C): Accelerating Industrial Development in Africa’ project, a collaborative effort by UNU-WIDER, the Brookings Institution and the African Development Bank.
Those interested in attending the conference to present original research on relevant themes are invited to submit an abstract by 31 January 2013. In the case of accepted abstracts, full papers will be required by 31 May 2013. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in the “WIDER Working Paper” series and for possible further academic publication emanating from this conference.
There is no conference fee. UNU-WIDER will cover accommodation and meals of one person per presented paper during the conference period. (Travel expenses to and from Helsinki may be covered for some participants, with preference given to those from developing countries.)
Those wishing to attend without presenting (e.g., PhD students, policymakers, journalists) may submit the online application form and briefly explain (under “Remarks”) their interest in the conference and attach their CV. Accepted applicants will be informed.
For more information, see the Call for Papers announcement on the UNU-WIDER website.