Our goal is to bring all sons, daughters and friends of Africa together and deliberate on cutting-edge surgical diagnosis and strategic operations to once and for all remove the last traces of tumor cells called “Poverty and Underdevelopment in Africa”. We plan that the many delegates, who will gather here, be able to exchange knowledge of mutual interest and prepare the African academia to forge ahead in designing contextually appropriate tools and enablers for continental poverty eradication and development blueprint for Africa and those in the diaspora.
The past three decades are punctuated with global initiatives to combat chronic poverty around the world. First on the play field was the Washington-based Bretton Woods Institutes (The International Monitory Fund and the World Bank) with their notorious and highly contested Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPS) and the Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRS) papers in the 80s and 90 respectively. Much remains to be admired. Africa participation in the architecture and execution of these interventions took a backstage for most of the time and focus on social inclusivity of highly limited nature with the continent still dubbed the dark continent of miseries and despair. Subsequently came the UN-led Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in 1990 with 8 ambitious Goals to half poverty in the world by the end of 2015. Already results are indicating that poverty has more than been halved in the work, although Sub-Saharan Africa still remaining behind all the seven regional blocks of the world on poverty reduction. According to the latest report by the UN Department for Public Information (2015, July 6) Sub-Saharan Africa’s poverty rate did not fall below its 1990 level until after 2002. The poverty rate in the Sub-Saharan Africa between 1990 and 2015 has fallen by 28 per cent, and today, 41 per cent of the population is living on less than $1.25 a day. A fourth-generation post-2015 global development agenda - The Sustainable Development Goals, were launched on 25 September by the international community at the UN. How far is the continent ready to absorb the wreath of this new agenda and its demands on capacity, political will, and good governance and deliver the ultimate goal of wiping out poverty on the planet? By the same token how ready and committed is Africa to its own ambitious 7-aspirations Agenda 2063 to fulfil the mantra “The Africa We Want”?
Namibia makes a perfect and timely venue for this kind of an event as the newly-installed government of President Hage Geingob has declared an all-out war on poverty, symbolized by the formation (among others) of a Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare. The new Ministry is mandated to eradicate (not to reduce) poverty in the country. How the Namibians are intending to do this is something worth sharing with the entire world, especially by unpacking the new Harambee Prosperity Plan rolled out by the Office of the President. Even if they may have the guts to take the bull by its horns, does Namibia really have the commensurate capacity and know-how to do just that? If not this conference might as well provide an opportunity for everyone to learn from each other, especially from those that have gone through similar trajectories elsewhere in the world.
The conference discussion will focus on the following main theme and subthemes:
Therefore this Conference seeks to bring all light-minded academics, practitioners and researchers to provide answers to the mosaic of questions and uncertainties above. If we expect a different Africa, we cannot take it as business as usual. We should do the unimaginable. One of the Africa Big Fives – the Hippopotamus will have to learn to climb to higher mountains and sky liners and get out of the comfort zone of river-complacency mind set of seeing Africa as perpetually submerged in chronic poverty, and move up the hill towards wealth creation. Ngandu will be on Hilltop! We will all wrestle it out! And we mean Business. To do this the Conference will have three streams running parallel immediately after the official opening plenary in day 1:
|STREAM I: Enablers/Critical Success Factors||STREAM II: Means/Components of Economic Production||STREAM III: Exhibitions|
|1. Policies: Fiscal, Land, Water, Agriculture, Energy, Natural resources, etc.||1. Land: Distribution and management systems||Companies, private individuals and academic/research bodies may exhibit their
|2. Technology: Transfer of, access to, and proliferation of||2. Water: Access to, Cleanliness and safety of|
|3. Governance: Promotion of good governance at national and local level, current status and how it can be improved.||3. Energy: Access, Safety and equitable distribution|
|4. Machinery: To merchandise production especially in rural areas, accessibility, maintenance and production of||4. Agriculture: Meaningful employment in and commercialization|
|5. Infrastructure: Development and maintenance of both physical and social infrastructure||5. Natural Resources: Sustainable and equitable use|
|6. Trade: Balanced trade intra-Africa and inter-Africa with the rest of the world with investment||6. Knowledge: Knowledge economy, human resources development and competitive advantage|
|7. Behaviour/Attitude/Culture: Nurturing a progressive and proactive moral sense of accountability towards society||7. Tourism: Development, promotion and inclusivity of all players equitably|
|cut-off dates||fees (as of 18. May 2016)|
|Submission of Abstracts||31. July 2016|
|Submission of Full Papers||30. September 2016|
|Earlier Registration||15. June 2016||N$2500.00|
|Normal Registration||30. September 2016||N$3000.00|
|Late Registration||10. October 2016||N$4500.00|
Abstracts of research papers in between 200 - 300 words are invited from academics, policy makers, economists, development practitioners and researchers on contemporary issues in economic and social development themes and sub-themes as outlined in the above table. All submissions must be made electronically and no hard copy or removable drives will be accepted. Submitted abstracts will promptly undergo a blind peer review and authors of accepted abstracts will receive feedback to submit their full length papers. Authors of rejected abstracts will also receive notification. See Abstract Submission Form to submit your abstract.
All manuscripts must be written in English using a 12-point font size in Times New Roman and saved as MS word, 2007 – 2013 documents. Single spacing should be used throughout the document with 2.5 cm margins all around. The text should be fully justified. Headings should be in a 12-point font; main headings should be in bold and subheadings in italics. Quotations of more than 40 words must be indented while shorter ones should be placed within double quotation marks. All graphics and tables should be inserted within the manuscripts in the appropriate location. Manuscripts sent with separate graphics and tables will not be approved for publishing. All full length papers should not be more than 22 pages long, including references.
The author (s)’ name(s), affiliations, phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses should appear on a separate cover page to ensure anonymity in the review process. All paper contributions and/or posters will be peer reviewed and selected articles [with agreement with the authors] will be published in UNAM PRESS. Following is the link for UNAM PRESS; www.unam.edu.na/unam-press/
The references and citations should conform to the format in the latest revised edition of the American Psychological Association (APA). References within the text should be indicated by providing the author’s name followed by the year in parenthesis, e.g “Mushendami (2014) proposed…” Where several authors have contributed to the same idea, their names should appear in alphabetical order, followed by the year at the end of the statement or paragraph, e.g “Many studies confirms that poverty eradication is successful in contexts where there is political commitment and enabled institutional capacity …(e.g Kavei, 2015; Katembo, 2013; Msiska, 2015)”. The full reference list should be given in alphabetical order at the end of the manuscript.
Delegates make their own travelling and lodging arrangements / bookings. Special hotel rates have been arranged with some hotels in Rundu, Air Namibia and Car rental companies. When making any bookings and reservations please quote ARIC2016 as reference Code for special rates with these listed providers.
The UNAM Rundu Campus Commerce Department is hosting a unique and timely International Conference “Asserting African Redemption” 2016. The focus is on poverty eradication and economic development. The event will be held from 18th October 2016 (Monday night welcome dinner – 17th October 2016, guests should book, no extra charges) to the 21th October 2016 (Friday morning).