The Haenicke Institute for Global Education and Center for African Development Policy Research at Western Michigan University announce the fourth International Conference on Ethiopian Development Studies planned for Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 2-4, on WMU’s main Kalamazoo campus. The biennial conference continues on a tradition founded when the first was convened in August 2001 at WMU, which was followed up by the co-sponsorship of the Institute of Development Research at Addis Ababa University in 2003, and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research in 2005.
Ethiopia, with 75 million people, is the second most populated country in Africa and is located in Northeast Africa, also known as the Horn of Africa. This area includes Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti, and Greater Northeast Africa includes Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The sub-region is one of the most strategic areas of Africa and the global economy. It is a bridge between Africa and the Middle East, as well as the oil fields of the Persian Gulf. It is a culturally and historically rich region of the world with great natural resource potential. It is a region of great diversity in culture, languages, and religions. In spite of these potentials, it is currently one of the poorest and unstable sub-regions of Africa. The region suffers from conflicts and violence within and among the states caused by internal and external factors.
- Raise awareness about and enhance the understanding the critical issues that affect Ethiopia and Northeast Africa.
- Provide a forum for constructive and informed dialogue on key policy options for sustainable development and peace.
- Foster the exchange of research papers by scholars and researchers including graduate students on the various dimensions of development.
- Build consensus on policy options that are crucial for future progress toward conflict resolution, development, peace building and democratic governance both among states and within the states of the Horn, including understanding the relationship between the United States and Northeast Africa States.
- Organize panels or sessions on various topics of the general conference theme including peace building and conflict resolution.
The conference is a multidisciplinary program for academics, policymakers, investors, donors, students and the public interested in contemporary issues in Ethiopia and Northeast Africa in particular and in Africa in general. Selected papers will be published on conference proceedings. A few papers following a peer review will be considered for publication in a new online journal, the Journal of Ethiopian Development Studies.
The tentative co-sponsors of the 2007 conference include academic departments and units of Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Kalamazoo College, and the Ethiopian Development Studies Association and other nonprofit organizations in Michigan. The confirmed list of co-sponsors will appear in the final conference program and on the conference website.
Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 2-4, 2007
Western Michigan University
Haworth College of Business
2000 Schneider Hall
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Friday, Aug. 3
Lunch and keynote address—Dr. Donald Levine, “An Ethiopian Dilemma: Deep Structures, Wrenching Processes,” WMU Fetzer Center, 1 to 2:15 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 4
Keynote address—Dr. Ingida Asfaw, “The Role of the Ethiopian North American Health Professional Association (ENHAPA) in the Health Center and Forging Synergy within the Diaspora,” WMU Bernhard Center West Ballroom, 7 to 8 p.m.
Pictured above: Dr. Donald Levine; Dr. Ingida Asfaw.