VIRTUAL CONFERENCE #1 – Africa, SDGs and Policy Mixes


The Virtual Conference  

Africa, Sustainable Development Goals and Policy Mixes

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Although most scholars acknowledged that development is a transnational process, existing discussions usually focus on negative externalities such as pollution, epidemics, violent conflicts and economic crises. This virtual conference considers a form of positive externality, knowledge spillovers and argues that countries can innovate in policymaking, both design and implementation, and achieve more sustainable forms of development by participating in a multiplex policy learning network. Furthermore, the conference emphasizes that policy knowledge transfer should not be one-way, so global governance becomes a truly inclusive and interactive process. One fundamental problem to this end is the design of such multiplex policy learning networks. This conference adopts an evidence-based approach to this problem*. Papers fall under three main themes listed below are welcome. Check out the links for eligible policy mix themes to be able to participate to the conference:


Theme #1 Sustainable People: Inequality and Poverty 


Theme #2 Sustainable Innovation


Theme #3 Sustainable Planet


Rules for submission

  1. Participants are invited to electronically submit contributions to: [to be provided]
  2. We recommend that abstracts should be carefully drafted and thoroughly checked before submission, in particular the list of authors, to avoid last minute changes.
  3. Abstracts should be written in English using a clear style. Max. 1,000 characters.
  4. Abstracts must be submitted a. by e-mail to: [to be provided] ; b. with the title of the abstract as the subject of the e-mail ; c. in the template provided here [to be provided ]
  5. Based on the authors’ preferences and the accepted proposals, contributions will be allocated to the panel sessions.
  6. The verbal presentation can either be a simple spoken intervention or can be conducted with the help of visual aids, handouts and similar.
  7. The submission of an abstract carries with it the obligation that it will actually be presented online by the author or, at least, by one of the co-authors, provided that the abstract is finally accepted.
  8. Notification of acceptance or rejection by the Scientific Committee will be e-mailed to the submitting author to the given e-mail address by March 2019.
  9. Accepted abstracts will be published electronically as a single volume on the Lab @ UNU-MERIT website and external repository.
  10. Accepted authors will be given an opportunity to develop online lecture/courses.

*Using quantitative analysis, we identified performance-based clusters of status leaders, intermediates and followers in Sub-Saharan Africa with respect to the constituents of indicator-based performances on each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), and with this conference we offer a detailed contextualisation for multiplex policy (mix) learning in Sub-Saharan Africa.