2nd International Conference on Sustainable Development in Africa


The United Nations University Maastricht Economic and social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) and the Consortium pour la Recherche Economique et Sociale (CRES) organised the 2nd International Conference on “Sustainable Development in Africa” on 26-27 November 2015, in Dakar, Senegal.

UNU-MERIT and CRES have launched the initiative to establish a new UNU institute in Dakar. The new institute will work on the broad topics of economic and social research, with the aim of facilitating informed policymaking in Africa. To this end, the conference aimed to promote the exchange of cutting-edge research among academics, policymakers, and other development practitioners.

The conference covered various topics that address economic analysis of the broad issues relevant for economic development in Africa. Topics included:

  • Governance, institutions and development
  • Regional integration in Africa
  • Knowledge, innovation and development
  • Agriculture, energy, and natural resources
  • Climate change, environment and development
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Fiscal and monetary policy
  • Human capital, skill formation and migration
  • Conflict, corruption
  • Gender and development

Organising Team:

  • Théophile Azomahou (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University)
  • Nafissatou Balde Sow (CRES)
  • François Joseph Cabral (CRES and University Cheikh Anta Diop)
  • Abdoulaye Diagne (CRES and University Cheikh Anta Diop)
  • Maty Konte (UNU-MERIT)
  • Bart Verspagen (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University)
  • Eleni Yitbarek (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University)

Contact information
E-mail: sdafrica2015@merit.unu.edu



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