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					     Western Michigan University in cooperation with Addis Ababa
  University, Adama University, New Generation University College,
 Unity University, and the Ethiopian Development Studies Association


(The 5th International Conference on Ethiopian Development Studies)

A Multidisciplinary Conference on the Challenges & Opportunities for
   Sustainable Development in Ethiopia & Greater Horn of Africa

                         November 12-14, 2009

          Background and Scope of the Conference

The Center for African Development Research (CADPR) located in the Haenicke
Institute for Global Education (HIGE) of Western Michigan University (WMU) in
Collaboration Adama University, Addis Ababa University, New Generation
University College (NGUC), and Unity University, and the Ethiopian Development
Studies Association (EDSA) announce the 5th International Conference on the
Challenges and opportunities for sustainable Development in Ethiopia and the
Greater Horn of Africa. The conference continues the tradition of four successful bi-
annual conference series organized from 2001 to 2007. Previous conferences have
convened in Ethiopia with collaboration of Addis Ababa University and local in
2003 and 2005. The most recent or the 4th conference convened on August 2-4, 2007
at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. The 2009
International Conference will convene in Ethiopia on November 12-14, 2009.
Ethiopia, an African country of about 80 million, is located in Greater the Horn of
Africa region that comprises of Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia,
and Uganda. Ethiopia is the linchpin of the Greater Horn from being the most
populated and culturally diverse country in this strategic area of Africa and the
global economy. The Greater Horn is a bridge between Africa and the Middle East,
as well as the oil fields of the Persian Gulf. It is culturally and religiously diverse
region of the world with rich natural resource potential. In spite of these potential,
it is one of the poorest and unstable sub-regions of the world, suffering from
conflicts and violence within and among the states. The objectives of the conference
are to provide a forum for research based informed dialogue on key issues of
sustainable development. The Conference is inclusive and intended for scholars,
researchers, development professionals, policy makers, and investors, donors, and
others interested in the sustainable development issues in Ethiopia and the Horn of
Africa and Africa in general.

Conference Location: The 2009 Conference will convene in Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s
capital Addis Ababa is the diplomatic capital of Africa and the home to several key
international and Pan-African organizations such as the Africa Union (AU), the
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and other UN
organizations such as UNESCO and UNDP, and home to a large diplomatic
community of nations around the world. The city is connected to Africa and the
world with major international airlines such as Ethiopian Airlines, Kenyan
Airways, KLM/Northwest, British Airways, and Lufthansa. The 2009 conference
may convene in Adama City home of the primary local co-sponsors. Adama
University located about 100 Km south of Addis Ababa. Adama University campus
is fully wireless and equipped with modern facilities. Adama is an emerging major
regional university in Ethiopia with 17,000 Students. Adama is located in the rift
valley near natural and tourist attractions. Post-conference excursion can be
arranged for those interested to enjoy and relax in the nearby hot springs of Sodere
and other eco-tourist attractions of the rift valley after the conference.
Submission Topics & the Concept of Sustainable Development:
 The Program Committee invites proposals or abstracts on following topics related
to sustainable development. Sustainable development refers to the effective
management of natural and human resources to improve livelihoods of a society in
an equitable and efficient manner over space and time. Specifically, sustainable
development is defined as “the development that meets the needs of the present
generation without sacrificing the ability of future generation to meet their own
needs”(World Conference on Environment & Development/Brundtland Commission, 1987)
        Challenges & Opportunities for Sustainable Development: Agriculture & Food
        Challenges & Opportunities to Transform Subsistance Agriculture to Alleviate
        Challenges & Opportunities of the Renaissance of Ethiopia & the Greater Horn
        Capacity Building in Public and Private Institutions of higher education
        Challenges and Opportunities of ICT & Internet Communication
        Opportunities and Challenges for Water & Environmental Management
        Critical Issues in Education and Human Health
        Private Sector Development & Employment
        Governance, leadership & Civil Society Organizations
        Science and Technology for Development
        Gender and Youth in Ethiopia and the Greater Horn
        Challenges and Prospects for regional Economic cooperation
        Conflict and human security in the Greater Horn
        The Role of the Diaspora & the international Community

Abstract submission Criteria & Guidelines:
Abstracts proposed on the above and related issues are invited by the Program
Committee. The Committee advises abstracts meet the following criteria of applied
research that include: 1.Challenges and Opportunities for Development Research, 2.
Identification of gaps between development research and policy implementation, 3.
the challenges and opportunities in implementing research output that has impact
on development, employment creation, and poverty reduction. Abstracts
contributors can focus on Ethiopia as well as countries of Greater Horn states
including domestic and regional challenges and opportunities and on cross-cutting
sub-regional issues aimed at future cooperation and economic integration for
mutual benefit. Such cross-cutting regional issues include: Conflict and human
security, climate risk, hunger, food insecurity, refugee flows, health risks such as
HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, Natural resource scarcity and degradation, inter-country
conflict, violence, extremism, and cooperation, river or water sharing, pastoralism,
population pressure, unemployment, migration and physical infrastructure such as
roads and railways.
Conference Objectives:
The aim of the conference is to: 1. Provide a forum for constructive dialogue on
policy options for sustainable development among scholars, policy makers, and civil
society groups including business leaders, 2. Exchange research papers by scholars
and researchers including graduate students on the various dimensions of human
development, and 3. build consensus on policy options crucial for future progress
toward     conflict resolution, human development, peace building, economic
cooperation, and democratic governance within and among states, and 4. enhance
the understanding of the relationships between the Industrial Countries and
Countries of the region for mutual progress, 5. Identify areas of assistance and
donor engagement and asses the qualities of these foreign assistance for the region
and countries in particular. Selected papers will be published in a Conference
Proceeding. Few papers following a review will be considered for publication in a
volume of proceedings, thematic books, policy briefs, and refereed journals. The
Policy Briefs are intended to contribute toward improvement and design of
sustainable development policies aimed improving livelihoods and reducing poverty.
Each participant is invited to complete and submit the participation form (on the
next page) and one page typed double-spaced copy of the Abstract by June 1, 2009
followed by a full paper by August 1, 2009. Please send an abstract to: Program Review
Committee at E-mail: or by Fax to 269 387 5637.
Copies of this announcement, registration form, and a sample of past conference
papers including 2007 Conference agenda can be accessed in the following website: via WMU international studies website:

                     Conference Pre-Registration Form
 (*Note: Completed registration form must accompany the abstract for presenters)
        The 5th International Conference on Ethiopian Development Studies (ICEDS 2009)
                                 November 12-14, 2009
                  (Deadline for completed Pre-Registration, June 1, 2009)

       (Please complete the following form and send it by e-mail or fax below)

       I would like to participate in the Conference as follows:

       ---------- Present a Paper (abstract/paper enclosed)

       ---------- As a representative my organization and/ or business: E-mail:-------

       -----------Attend only. Please send me the final Conference Program

       ------------Member of Ethiopian Development Studies Association (EDSA)

       ----------- I would like to be a member of EDSA (Please send me membership
       form and information about EDSA)


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Please send all final abstracts and full papers by June1, 2009 to

Conference Program Committee: Attn: Professor Sisay Asefa, Western Michigan
University: E-mail: SISAY.ASEFA@WMICH.EDU, or or Fax to:
269 387 5637 Web page:,
with a copies to: Dean, College of Development Studies, Addis Ababa University, E-mail
MULUFY@IDR.EDU.ET & Head of International Office, Adama University at E:mail: