65 higher Education institutions participate in
9th International Conference on African Development

ICAD conference banner in EthiopiaA very successful 9th International Conference on African Development was held May 27-29, 2016 in Ethiopia at Addis Ababa University College of Business and Economics, Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, Adama Science and Technology University, and Arsi University. Themed on “Challenges and Opportunities for Good Governance and Leadership for Sustainable Development of African States,” the conference attracted scholars and researchers from 65 universities and research institutes representing 20 countries. A broad range of topics were covered in three keynote presentations and through the 70 papers presented in the conference’s 20 plenary sessions.

Western Michigan University and its Center for African Development Policy Research, along with Addis Ababa University College of Business and Economics, are the primary hosts of ICAD, which is held every two years with the location alternating between WMU in Kalamazoo and AAUCBE and other participating institutions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. CADPR’s Director Dr. Sisay Asefa, a WMU professor of economics, serves as the conference director.

Cadpr director presents at global conference

This short documentary film summarizes the 5th Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN) international multi-disciplinary conference and workshop that was held in December 2015 in Addis Ababa and Jimma, Ethiopia. The film also features interviews with prominent academics and professionals, both Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia, including Dr. Sisay Asefa, WMU professor of economics and director of the Center for African Development Policy Research. Asefa gave one of two keynote speeches at the conference, “Challenges Good Governance for  improving Education and Health,” and served on a panel.

Western Michigan University's Center for African Development Policy Research is a joint program of the Haenicke Institute for Global Education and the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Economics. It is an interdisciplinary unit intended to foster collaborative research activities and organize events that promote an increased understanding of contemporary development issues in Africa. Read more.

A research center of the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education.