Call for Papers for the African Economic Conference, Abidjan

Deadline: 1 September 2014
Open to: researchers, policymakers and development practitioners form Africa and elsewhere
Venue: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (1-3 October 2014)


This October, The African Development Bank, The Economic Commission for Africa and United Nations Development program will again conduct the African Economic Conference (AEC 2014). The program which is to take place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, will be for the 9th time since the program inception. The theme for the 2014 AEC is Knowledge and Innovation for Africa’s Transformation. The AU Agenda 2063 and the African Common Position on the Post-2015 development agenda identify science, technology and innovation as key pillars for Africa’s development. The key objectives of the AEC series are:

  • promote knowledge management as an important driver of policy dialogue, good policy planning and implementation;
  • encourage and enhance research on economic and policy issues related to the development of African economies;
  • foster dialogue that promotes the exchange of ideas and innovative thinking among researchers, development practitioners and African policymakers;
  • provide an opportunity for young African researchers, African in the diaspora, regional and sub-regional to disseminate their research findings as well as share information with African policymakers on their work they do in the region.


The program welcomes researchers, policymakers and development practitioners from Africa and elsewhere.


Support is reserved for presenters and young researchers from Africa. Only one author per paper accepted for presentation will be eligible for support. On submitting their papers, authors are requested to indicate whether they require support to cover expenses (travel, accommodation and daily subsistence allowance) associated with their participation of the Conference.

How to apply:

To apply for the conference you need to submit the application form online alongside with your paper proposal (required to be no more than 8500 words in length)

The papers must address the  sub-theme from the following main theme: Knowledge Generation for Structural Transformation, Addressing the Skills Deficit, Technology, Innovation. The papers must not be previously published; selected authors will be given the chance to present their paper and research.

Check out the official call here.

For more information please visit the official webpage.

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