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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 Summer Internship Program

The IAD Internship Program provides students with academically related, practical, and personalized fieldwork experience linked to their college major. A small portion of the internship is required service learning where students volunteer in the community in needed areas. It is integral to the student’s education and growth as a global citizen and helps to build awareness of development challenges and community needs where the students are placed.
Overall, the Institute has extended its partnerships with leading institutions in Africa as well as drawing on the rich resources of alumni on the continent to forge rewarding collaboration across disciplines.

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

(Photo Courtesy of IMTFI)

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Naalamle Amissah

"A key role of the Institute is that it enables Cornell engage past, current, and future leaders of Africa on major issues affecting the continent and the world at large. IAD’s programming offers the university’s community the opportunity to dialogue and collaborate with other institutes on development research in Africa." -Naalamle Amissah (PhD, Horticulture, and IAD Graduate Fellow - 2009)