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Seminars and Symposia

Seminars and Symposia
Elections in Central Africa

The Institute for African Development conducts a weekly seminar series, Issues in African Development, which examines critical development concerns in contemporary Africa. Each semester we select a different theme reflecting current issues. The series has become a key introductory course on Africa and African development at Cornell, providing a forum that engages experts and new students of development alike in critical thinking and reflection on some of the most difficult issues of our time. The seminar course is offered as a two-credit course (CRP 4770/6770) but is also open to the public. Seminars are held Thursdays at 2:30 PM in G08 Uris Hall.The  series is organized around a specific theme chosen each semester by the Institute. 


Spring 2017 Seminar: Governance, Elections, Nationalism, and the Building of an Inclusive Democratic State

The Spring 2017 Issues in African Development seminar will take up the issues of governance, elections, and nationalism, with special emphasis on the question of how to build an inclusive democratic state. We will explore the challenges of developing inclusive governance structures and of managing ethnicity. How do we ensure that governance structures promote gender equality and the empowerment of women? How do we improve governance and strengthen national institutions in ways that ensure growth rather than promoting control and oppression? These issues must be addressed as we seek to consolidate democratic governance in Africa.

Begins February 2, 2017

2:30 PM every Thursday

G08 Uris Hall on the Cornell Campus


Past Seminars
Seminar Spring 2017
  • Development, Religious Extremism, Security, and the State in Africa (Fall 2015)
  • Natural Resources in Africa: Advancing Economic Development through Responsible Resource Management (Spring 2015)
  • Education and the Development of Human Capital: Outcomes for Development and Governance in Africa (Fall 2014)
  • African Economies: Structural Transformation and Sustainable Development (Spring 2014)
  • New and Emerging Challenges to Sustainable Development in Africa (Fall 2013)
  • The Developmental State and the Delivery of Public Goods and Services in Africa (Spring 2013)
  • Growth, Poverty, and Inequality: Confronting Social and Economic Development Challenges in Africa (Fall 2012)
  • Security, Land-grabbing and Conflict: Roles of Regional, Economic, and Political Organizations and NGOs in Addressing these Issues (Spring 2012)
  • Consolidation of Democracy in Africa: Governance, Accountability, and Elections (Fall 2011)
  • Trade and Foreign Direct Investment: China’s Engagement in Africa (Spring 2011)
  • Curse or Blessing? Natural Resources in the Economic Development of Africa (Fall 2010)