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Inequality in Africa: Economic Vulnerability, Environmental Risks, and Inequitable Access to Justice

The debate on inequality has become a true global phenomenon. Oxfam report (2015) warned that “the combined wealth of the richest 1% will overtake that of the other 99% of people next year unless the current trend of rising inequality is checked.” As exclusion and inequality affects every section of society, the IAD/SAIPAR conference held the first week of August focused on several interconnected and interdisciplinary themes including growth, and poverty; regional integration; taxation; natural resources; and, access to justice.

Institute for African Development Symposium Keynote

The symposium on Development, Extremism, Security and the State in Africa will open with a keynote address by Carne Ross,
Founder and Director of Independent Diplomat,former UK delegation expert on the Middle East and
Strategy Coordinator for the UN in Kosovo, and author of The Leaderless Revolution

Seminar Series - Sustainable Development Goals: A Path to Inclusive, Sustainable, and Resilient Development

The Fall 2016 Issues in African Development seminar will take a close look at the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, launched by a UN Resolution in December 2015 to replace the Millennium Development Goals with a broader sustainability agenda. The SDGs go well beyond the MDGs to address the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people. We propose to examine the question of whether the goals shift Africa onto a path of inclusive, sustainable, and resilient development. Do the SDGs encapsulate an agenda that will end poverty by 2030 and promote prosperity and well-being while protecting the environment? What strategies are appropriate to make this vision a reality?

IAD Growth Initiative

The IAD Growth Initiative supports research and development work that effectively bridge both theory and practice. Applicants are encouraged to submit research proposals that cover diverse and interdisciplinary topics, which lend themselves to practical impact, policy engagement and relevant learning forums both in the field and within academic arenas. Thus, the purpose of IAD support is to primarily tap into and direct funding to research projects that

· Advance the understanding and design of reliable and adaptable methodological approaches to tackling development issues;
· Produce new knowledge in various field(s) of study;
· Integrate and build capacity in the research process;
· Link theory, practice and policy; and
· Create or foster emerging innovations within Africa.

Mobile Money, Financial Inclusion and Development in Africa

April 21-22, 2017

The Cornell Institute for African Development (IAD) in collaboration with the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) recently hosted a symposium on ‘Mobile Money, Development and Financial Inclusion in Africa’ April 19-22, 2017. Financial inclusion, the development of novel methods to enable the poor to access financial services, is considered a pre-requisite for driving those populations out of poverty and driving economic growth. The multidimensional relationship between mobile money, financial inclusion and development requires interdisciplinary interrogation that examines a whole range of issues at national, regional and international levels.

Program schedule and poster can be found at

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