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Seminars and Symposia

Seminars and Symposia

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. 

Fall 2018  Seminar Series: Sustainable Development Goals and the Challenges of Inclusion

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.  



Begins August 30, 2018

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)