Seventh International Conference on African Development

The seventh International Conference on African Development is a multidisciplinary international conference on African states.

The seventh International Conference on African Development will be held Friday through Sunday, July 27-29, in Brown Hall on Western Michigan University's main campus in Kalamazoo. It is open to academics, policymakers, investors, donors, students and the public. This year's theme is "Challenges and Opportunities for Good Governance Toward Peace and Sustainable Development through Global and Diaspora Partnership with African States."

Participants will be coming from across the United States as well from as nations such as Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Japan, Somalia, Ireland and Sweden. Some 30 papers will be presented at the conference.

The conference continues the tradition of six successful international conferences convened between 2001 and 2011 in Michigan and Ethiopia. It is a multidisciplinary conference for academics, policymakers, investors, donors, students, civil society and professional organizations, and the general public interested in contemporary development issues in Africa.


“Challenges and Opportunities for Democratic Good Governance for Sustainable Development through Global and Diaspora Partnerships with African States”

Event details

Friday through Sunday, July 27-29
Brown Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Abstract and participant summary

Call for papers—concluded

Conference agenda (two-page summary)

Full conference program (preliminary)

Keynote speaker

Dr. Solomon Bililign
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Presentation title

“The need for interdisciplinary research and education for sustainable human development to deal with global challenges”

Read Bililign's abstract and bio.

Conference objectives

  1. Raise awareness toward understanding of the critical issues that affect African states.
  2. Provide dialogue forum for constructive policy options for sustainable development and peace.
  3. Exchange research papers by scholars and researchers including advanced undergraduate and graduate students.
  4. Build consensus on policy options that are crucial for future progress toward conflict resolution, development, peace building and democratic reform of African states through effective global partnerships for sustainable development and good governance.

Conference collaborators and participants (tentative)

  • WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education
  • Selected WMU departments and institutes
  • WMU faculty, staff and students
  • African and Ethiopian-American organizations
  • International Journal of African Development and Center for African Development Policy Research advisory board members
  • Other interested organizations including universities and think tanks

On-campus lodging

On-campus lodging will be available at Draper/Siedschlag Hall for $22 (USD) per night single occupancy and $17.50 per night double occupancy.

This residence hall provides community-style bathrooms. It does not have air-conditioning.

Register for this lodging option using the conference registration page.

Activities and hotels