Call for Papers: Sept. Conference on Inclusive Growth in Africa


  • 2013•03•11     Helsinki

    Rapid and sustained poverty reduction requires “inclusive growth” that enables people to contribute to and benefit from the development process. Although Africa’s economic performance has improved considerably since the 1980s and early 1990s, many questions remain unanswered. For instance:

    • Has recent progress in Africa been under- or over-stated?
    • Are certain social groups being excluded from the growth and development process?
    • Which dimensions of poverty are leading or lagging?
    • Has economic growth been transformative, leading to more and better jobs?
    • What policies are required to increase the likelihood of sustaining Africa’s development process in the long-run?

    The answers to these questions are particularly difficult in comparison with other developing regions due to relatively high poverty rates, fairly weak information bases, and frequent high volatility in the underlying determinants of welfare and economic growth.

    The UNU-WIDER conference “Inclusive Growth in Africa: Measurement, Causes and Consequences”, to be held on 20–21 September 2013 in Helsinki, Finland, will focus on the performance, prospects and policies for promoting more inclusive growth throughout Africa, including North Africa. The conference aims to encourage dialogue between and among researchers and policymakers from the academic, government and international development communities.

    UNU-WIDER invites interested persons to submit original research related to the two conference themes: (i) Measuring Growth, Poverty and Inequality and (ii) Causes and Consequences of Inclusive Growth). Abstracts must be submitted by 1 April 2013.

    All submissions will be reviewed, and authors will be informed of the outcome by 1 May 2013. In the case of accepted abstracts, full papers will be required by 15 August 2013. Accepted papers will be considered for either panel or poster presentations.

    For more information, or to submit an abstract, see the Call for papers announcement on the UNU-WIDER website.