Call for Papers: New Faces for African Development

CALL FOR PAPERS (Application closed)

Poster Session at the ERD Conference

Dakar, Senegal, 28-30 June (date to be confirmed)

The European Report on Development (ERD) is a multiannual process, which is the main outcome of the Mobilizing European Research for Development Policies initiative promoted and financed by the European Commission and seven EU Member States (Germany, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom). The first edition of the European Report on Development “Overcoming Fragility in Africa – Forging a New European Approach” has focused on the issue of fragility in its various dimensions, on its implications for development policies and on the approaches to tackle it. Selected applicants to last year “New Faces for African Development” initiative presented their work during an international conference in Accra, May 21-23 2009, and some of them have been invited to participate to the official launch of the ERD during the European Development Days in Stockholm, October 22-24 2009.

This year European Report on Development focuses on the issues of poverty, inequality and social protection, with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan African countries.

The European Report on Development is the result of intense networking activities, including international conferences. The participation of African researchers in this process is crucial to its success. To enhance the participation of young researchers from African countries, the ERD organizes a poster session during its regional Conference in Africa (Dakar, Senegal, 27-30 June, date to be confirmed). Selected African PhD students and young researchers will be presenting their work, bringing to the forefront fresh and new views. Participants to the poster session have the opportunity to discuss their own research projects with leading scholars attending the ERD Conference, and to take part to the process leading to ERD 2010.

We encourage PhD students and young researcher to submit a detailed abstract describing the research they intend to present, related to one of the following topics:

  • Recent trends in Poverty and Inequality in Sub-Saharan African countries;
  • Social protection mechanisms (formal and informal) in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • The impact of external shocks (climate change, global financial crisis) on social security;
  • The impact of social protection schemes on poverty reduction and inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • The role of international actors in fostering social protection in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Political and financial aspects of social protection.

Abstracts can be submitted in English or in French; however poster presentations will be in English.

Participants will be selected by the ERD Core Team Members: Giorgia GIOVANNETTI (European University Institute), Fabrizio BERNARDI (European University Institute), Stefan DERCON (University of Oxford), Arjan DE HAAN (Institute of Social Studies), Stephan KLASEN (University of Göttingen), Leandro PRADOS DE LA ESCOSURA (University Carlos III, Madrid), Rachel SABATES-WHEELER (Institute of Development Studies), Pascal VENNESSON (European University Institute) and Thierry VERDIER (Paris School of Economics).

For further information please contact:

PhD students and young researchers (up to 35 years) from African countries are invited to submit their proposals; submissions from students and researchers who are currently based in African institutions are strongly encouraged.

Submission deadline
9 April 2010

Notification of acceptance
Selected participants will be informed no later than 16 April 2010

Submission of a full draft of the paper
28 May 2010

Accommodation and subsistence
Accommodation is organized and directly paid by the ERD; meals are organized and directly paid by the conference.

Travel costs
Travel costs will be covered individually according to EUI regulations; only economy class tickets will be reimbursed. No travel arrangement must be taken before prior contact with the EUI Conference Centre.

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