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Fall 2018 Seminar - Sustainable Development Goals and the Challenges of Inclusion



The Institute for African Development hosts a weekly seminar series under the general theme “Issues in African Development,” with a special topic each semester. 

Seminars are held every Thursday at 2:30 pm in G08 Uris Hall. The series is open to the public and is also available as a 2-credit course, CRP 4770/6770. All are welcome!

The complex and multidimensional issue of sustainable development is the core of the theme of the seminar series. The theme raises a number of issues:  What is development in this context? What are the various approaches to development?   How do we define inclusive growth and what are the pathways to inclusive growth?  How can we better understand the unemployment-inequality nexus?  Are SDGs attainable? What are the challenges in the implantation of the SDGs?  What is the role of goals in the fight against poverty and inequality? What are the structural changes that Africa needs to address to promote inclusive growth? What are the challenges in financing African development? Will SDGs lead to a structural change in the global economy or a continuation of business as usual? Does sustainable development require developed countries to shift their societies and economies to sustainable consumption and lifestyle patterns? What role does trade play in boosting growth?

The seminar series will seek to explore these and other questions and policies relating to the eradication of poverty and inequality and the achievement of the SDG goals.  

Videos of Past Seminars

Chinese Migrants in Africa: Preliminary Social, Political, and Economic Impacts by Yoon Jung Park – September 21, 2017

Ports and Fish: What China’s Ocean Policy Means for African Maritime Security by Tabitha Grace Mallory – September 28, 2017

From Knowledge Transfers to Power Projection: The Impact of Professionalization Training on China-Africa Relations by Lina Benabdallah – October 19, 2017

Edge of Capital: Chinese Garment Production in South Africa by Liang Xu – October 26, 2017

How African Countries can Capitalize on their Partnerships with China by Nama Ouattara – November 2, 2017

Student Panel Presentation - The Informal Economy by Andrew Arnold – November 30, 2017

African Farmers’ Food Systems: Alternatives to Industrial Agriculture by Carol Thompson – February 15, 2018

The Geography of Poverty and Development Resources: What Do We Know? What Should We Know? And Why Does it Matter? by Ryan Briggs – March 15, 2018

The Emergence of New Markets for Agricultural Technologies by Brian Dillon – March 29, 2018