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Education, Inclusion, and Human Capital: Outcomes for Development, Inequality and Governance in Africa

04/17/2015 - 3:00pm - 04/18/2015 - 5:00pm
ILR Conference Center 423


Elections Conference PosterSymposium sponsored by the Cornell Institute for African Development (IAD)

April 17–18, 2015

ILR Conference Center 423

Conference Schedule

The Institute for African Development is holding its annual symposium on the theme "Education and the Development of Human Capital: Outcomes for Development, Inequality, Inclusiveness, and Governance in Africa." The symposium will identify the challenges facing the educational sector in Africa; the impact of education on inequality; skills and development; quality control and education; education and leadership; and governance, elections, democracy, and levels of education. It will seek to examine the post-2015 agenda and the lessons learned from the Millennium Development goals. In addition, the symposium will analyze educational policies that empower the poor and landless, institutions that build the capacity of youth and other disadvantaged communities and analyze the he negative effects of exclusion and gender inequality on human development.

Program Brochure

Einaudi Center for International Studies, Development Sociology
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Aid Book CoverProblems, Promises, and Paradoxes of Aid: Africa's Experience


Editors Muna Ndulo and Nicolas van de Walle

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IAD/CSP 2014, 377 pages, 978-1-4438-6745-0, 1-4438-6745-4

This book is an anthology of essays contributing new scholarship to the contemporary aid discourse. It provides an interdisciplinary investigation of the role of aid in African development, compiling the work of historians, political scientists, legal scholars, and economists to examine where aid has failed and to offer new perspectives on how aid can be made more effective.

Questions regarding the effectiveness of aid are addressed using specific case studies. The question of ownership is examined in the context of two debates: 1) to what extent should aid be designed by the recipient country itself? and 2) should aid focus on "need" or "performance"? That is, should donors direct aid to the poorest countries, regardless of their policies and governance, or should aid "reward" countries for doing the right thing? The future of aid is also addressed: should aid continue to be a part of the development agenda for countries in sub-Saharan Africa? If so, how much and what type of aid is needed, and how it can be made most effective?

Women, Power, and Development - UN Op-ed by IAD Director Muna Ndulo

Muna NduloIAD Director Muna Ndulo has an op-ed piece on Women, Power, and Development on the UN-Habitat web site. The article is available here:

Muna Ndulo is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of constitution making, governance and institution building, human rights and Foreign Direct Investments. He is a Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and Director of Cornell University's Institute for African Development.

IAD Fall 2015 Seminar Series

Natural Resources in Africa: Advancing Economic Development through Responsible Resource Management 

Madagascar terraced landThe Spring 2015 Issues in African Development Seminar Series opens January 29, 2015. In this series, we will be considering many aspects of the ways Africa's rich endowment of natural resources—including land, hydrocarbons, minerals, and timber—affect development. Natural resources in Africa are an increasingly important driver of sustainable economic growth. In recent years Africa's natural resources have attracted increased interest from outside investors, and external actors have been buying up land to facilitate the growing of bio-fuel and other commercial crops. When managed unwisely, resources may be depleted by external actors at the expense of a country's inhabitants, leading to conflict over these resources (the resource curse); but used wisely, this wealth of resources can underpin and hold the promise of positive outcomes for African economic development. 

Seminar Schedule



AET CoverTowards Impact and Resilience: Transformative Change through Agricultural Education and Training in sub-Saharan Africa


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Edited by Frans Swanepoel, Zenda Ofir, and Aldo Stroebel

IAD/CSP 2014, 548 pages, 978-1-4438-5680-5, 1-4438-5680-0

This book, consisting of 17 chapters, focuses on clarifying the challenges, issues, and priorities of Agricultural Education and Training (AET) in sub-Saharan Africa and provides suggestions for practical solutions that can help guide organisations interested in furthering AET for agricultural development on the continent. The book discusses the African context within which a transformed AET system needs to be located; analyses African and international experiences that are relevant to identified AET needs and challenges; dissects AET models that may hold important lessons; and addresses the main critical issues that will impact on AET in sub-Saharan Africa. The concluding chapter synthesises the ideas, experiences, and evidence from the chapters in order to highlight critical issues for success as well as possible solutions. The book is uniquely positioned to add to a call to action on AET, to pull together state-of-the-art knowledge from within and outside sub-Saharan Africa, and to advance "out of the box" thinking about the principles, values and character of AET for development, with an emphasis on the models that can help to cultivate leaders and change-makers at all levels of the agricultural sector.

Two New Courses Being Offered in Southern Africa

South Africa CoursesThe Institute for African Development is pleased to announce two courses (one new, one inaugurated in Fall 2013) being offered in southern Africa. The courses are Law and Social Change: Comparative Law in Africa (Law 6655) and History, Politics, and Social Engagement in Southern Africa (CRP 3850). Law and Social Change begins on the Cornell campus during the fall semester and concludes with three weeks in Johannesburg, South Africa, during winter break. Last year, students enrolled in this course took part in an exciting educational experience that enhanced their intercultural competence. History, Politics, and Social Engagement is a three-week course to be held in Lusaka, Zambia. The course is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about the history and politics of southern Africa and at the same time get immersed in community engagement, projects, and culture in the host country. The course includes trips to historical and cultural attractions as well as to a game park.