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:
Rules for submission
- Participants are invited to electronically submit contributions to: [to be provided]
- We recommend that abstracts should be carefully drafted and thoroughly checked before submission, in particular the list of authors, to avoid last minute changes.
- Abstracts should be written in English using a clear style. Max. 1,000 characters.
- 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 ]
- Based on the authors’ preferences and the accepted proposals, contributions will be allocated to the panel sessions.
- The verbal presentation can either be a simple spoken intervention or can be conducted with the help of visual aids, handouts and similar.
- 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.
- 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.
- Accepted abstracts will be published electronically as a single volume on the Lab @ UNU-MERIT website and external repository.
- 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.