Call for Papers - African Economic Conference 2016


Jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Economic Conference (AEC) 2016 will take place in Abuja, Nigeria, from December 5 to 7, 2016 under the following theme: “Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth”. The AEC 2016 will provide an opportunity to discuss Africa’s agricultural transformation by presenting the latest empirical evidence on how to leverage agro-industrialization for feeding Africa and promoting inclusive growth. It will also provide critical thinking on how policy-makers, development partners, the private sector, civil society organizations and the academia should support the planning and implementation of these industrialization strategies. Papers accepted for presentation will comprise original work not previously published. Authors are invited to submit their full paper by August 15, 2016 and to follow the instructions on the following website:




For information on the conference:

African Development Bank: Abebe Shimeles,

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa: Adam Elhiraika,

United Nations Development Programme: Ayodele Odusola,


Concept note:


The link to submit papers is the following:


For media information, please contact:

AfDB: Olivia Ndong Obiang,, tel. +225 75 75 02 15 (Abidjan)

ECA: Sophia Denekew, tel. +251 92 10 14 767 (Addis-Ababa)

UNDP: Lamine Bal,, tel. +1.212.906.5937 (New York)


About the African Development Bank Group:

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is Africa’s premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). On the ground in 34 African countries with an external office in Japan, the AfDB contributes to the economic development and the social progress of its 54 regional member states.


About ECA:

Headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa was established in 1958 with the mandate of promoting the economic and social development of its member States, fostering intra-regional integration, and promoting international cooperation for Africa's development.


About UNDP:

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.