GREEN ECONOMY AND STRUCTURAL TRANSFORMATION

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					             AFRICAN ECONOMIC CONFERENCE 2011
                  ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - OCTOBER 26-28, 2011




            GREEN ECONOMY AND STRUCTURAL
                   TRANSFORMATION



                                 CALL FOR PAPERS




                                          United Nations                United Nations
African Development Bank Group                                      Development Programme
                                   Economic Commission for Africa
I.        Background


A key challenge facing the African continent today and for many years to come relates to the
impact of climate changes and the transition to a ‘green-economy’. While Africa is least
responsible for the climate change challenges the world is facing, it is still the most vulnerable
to the impacts of the changing climate.

Today, African countries find themselves at a critical juncture in their development
trajectories. Confronted by internal challenges of reducing poverty and unemployment, the
resource base of many productive sectors is facing threats of environmental damages such as
deforestation, soil erosion, desertification, loss of biodiversity and effects of climate changes.
As in other parts of the world, countries in Africa are seeking to take the opportunity of this
moment to articulate new strategies and policies that refocus investments in economic sectors
able to drive green growth, create employment, and improve living conditions.
Taking into account the huge opportunities for a green economy in Africa, and given the
challenges faced by African countries in essential areas such as agriculture and energy, the
Sixth edition of the African Economic Conference will be devoted to “Green Economy and
Structural Transformation in Africa”. The meeting which is being organised by the United
Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB)
and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be held in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia from 26 – 28 October, 2011. It is expected to bring together experts, intellectuals and
development partners to discuss emerging opportunities and challenges for a green economy
in Africa. The Conference will make concrete recommendations that may inform Africa’s
position at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.


II.       Objectives
The main objective of the African Economic Conference is to provide a platform for experts
on Africa, both within and outside the continent, to reflect and dialogue on new directions for
growth policy on the continent in order to determine the best approaches to attain the
Millennium Development Goals, achieve the objectives of NEPAD and accelerate Africa’s
sustainable development.
The specific objectives of the Sixth African Economic Conference are:
      •   To build a common understanding of and exchange knowledge on the green economy
          concept among African scholars, policy makers as well as other experts in the field;

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   •   To deepen the knowledge-base in the subject in the quest to meet challenges and
       identify opportunities in a ‘green economy’ and to share experiences on what is
       working and what is not in terms of policy responses and interventions;

   •   To suggest ways to reinforce capacities of governments and the private sector as well
       as empowering citizens in the promotion of green economy on the continent;

   •   To articulate ways of formalizing a framework for African countries to ensure that
       relevant green economy concerns are addressed in international, regional and national
       fora.

   •   To exchange knowledge as well as proffer solutions on other broad economic
       challenges confronting the African continent, ranging from macroeconomic issues,
       poverty, unemployment and financing for development among others.



With these objectives, the African Economic Conference has remained true to its tradition of
being the major forum for development practitioners, eminent scholars and experts in
economics and ancillary subjects to dialogue and exchange knowledge as well as search for
solutions on the numerous challenges confronting the African continent. It also assists the
policy formulation efforts on the continent as well as providing better intervention in sectors
critical to the promotion of growth and better living standards for the people of Africa.


III.   Format of the Conference
The Conference comprises plenary sessions with keynote presentations on the broad subject
of green economy in the context of sustainable development, followed by several parallel
sessions. These sessions are complemented by a Round Table Discussion that seeks to
articulate the key elements of the debate on the Conference theme.


The parallel sessions will provide an opportunity for the presentation of papers related to the
Conference theme, with particular focus on the under listed sub themes:


   • Structural Transformation and Industrial Policies: industrial policies, industrial
       pollution, green industrialization processes and strategies, entrepreneurship/ business
       representatives and land use.


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   • Human Development and Human Capital Development: education; health; poverty
       reduction; people’s empowerment
   • Green Investment and Financing: domestic resource mobilization, sustainable energy
       and energy efficiency, both in the public and private sector, as well as innovative
       financing options
   • Energy Issues in Green Economy: production and efficiency, links to technological
       innovation and industrial transformation
   • Sustainable Agriculture: land use in agricultural production, environmental goods and
       services, forestry, as well as environmental issues, among others.
   • Issues of Growth and Development and attainment of the Millennium Development
       Goals
   • Poverty Reduction and Unemployment Issues in Africa
   • Issues of Distortions in Production and Consumption in Africa’s real economy,
       particularly in Energy, Manufacturing and Agriculture
   • Pricing Issues in the Financial Markets and implications for macroeconomic stability
       and growth
   • Other areas: trade and sectoral policies, public finance and fiscal responsibility, micro
       and macro policies for sustainable development, institutional innovation and
       mechanisms, public-private partnership and regional cooperation, among others.


These sub-themes will make it possible for an in-depth examination of the potentials of green
economy and other economic and social development issues leading to the transformation of
the African economy. They will also assist in proffering solutions and policy options and
strategies for the enhancement of sustainable development on the continent.


The round table sessions will focus on issues such as:


   •   Setting the Stage: The critical role of the state in promoting green economy
   •   Natural Resource Management; Biofuels; Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture
   •   Role of the private sector in the promotion of green technology
   •   Mobilisation of resources and institution of meaningful policies to enhance structural
       transformation on Africa




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IV.      Time Frame and Resources
The selection of papers and panels for the 2011 AEC will follow a two stage process: (i)
initial screening based on submitted abstracts; a conditional acceptance will be issued and (ii)
final selection based on full manuscript. The following important dates will serve to guide
participants and experts submitting papers for the Conference:



     •   Start of online submission (abstract or panel proposal + CV): March 7, 2011
     •   Last day for online submission: April 25, 2011
     •   Notification of conditional acceptance: June 15, 2011
     •   Paper submission deadline: August 15, 2011
     •   Initial peer-review of manuscripts: August 15 – September 15, 2011
     •   Papers sent to authors for revisions: September 15, 2011
     •   Submission of first revised manuscripts: September 30, 2011
     •   Closing of flight bookings: October 10, 2011
     •   Conference dates: October 26 – 28, 2011.
     •   Submission of second revised manuscripts: November 15, 2011


V.       Submission of Abstracts and Panel Proposals
The organisers welcome abstracts for papers and panel proposals around the aforementioned
themes. Submissions that cut across one or more themes are also welcome. All submissions
should be made to NNwokoma@uneca.org
Scholars and practitioners wishing to submit an abstract should please send the following:
     1. A full paper (encouraged) or an abstract of 200-300 words

     2. Three to five keywords describing the paper topic (that should be in line with the
        Conference themes)

     3. Name, affiliation, contact information and a short biography of author for the
        programme (not exceeding 100 words).

     4. A full CV of the author.

Scholars and practitioners wishing to submit a panel proposal need to include three to five
papers on a common theme. A panel proposal needs to include the following:
     1. Title and brief description of the panel’s theme (not more than 200 words)




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   2. Each proposed paper within the panel proposal should include: title of the paper,
      author’s name, abstract, 3-5 keywords (in line with the Conference themes), affiliation
      and short biography of all contributors to the panel (each of these should not exceed
      350 words)

   3. Name, affiliation and contact information of the organiser(s) of the panel who will
      also be expected to chair the panel session at the conference, introduce the speakers
      and lead the discussion.

   4. Full CVs of all the authors.


African Economic Conference Best Paper Award
Beginning in 2011 an award will be given to the best paper presented at the Annual Economic
Conference, and not previously presented or published elsewhere, by an African researcher
who should be under 40 years of age at the time of the Conference. The criteria for the award
are: (i) relevance to economic development policy at country or regional level in Africa, (ii)
originality in methodology and/or empirical application (iii) clarity and innovation of
presentation. If you wish to have your paper considered for the African Economic Conference
Award, you should indicate this in the submission of your abstract. The winner of the award
will be announced at the closing plenary session of the conference.


VI.    Outcomes and Outputs
• An appreciation of the benefits of greening economic development policies in Africa;
• An understanding of the interventions necessary to promote strategies that are responsive to
green economy at the international, regional and national levels
All the papers presented and the Conference will be made available online. The best papers
will feature in a compilation of conference proceedings and/or in a special edition of the
African Development Review.


VII. Accommodation and Sponsorship
The 2011 AEC will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Funding for travel will be available for
a limited number of participants whose papers have been accepted for presentation provided
the abstracts are received by April 25 and the final papers by August 15, 2011. While
sponsorship applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis, preference will be given to
authors attached to African research and policy institutions. Paper presenters should indicate



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in their submissions whether they will require funding for travel from the Conference
organizers.


VIII. Contacts
If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact
Ndubisi Nwokoma
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Economic Development and NEPAD Division
P. O. Box 3005, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251-11-544-5459; Email: NNwokoma@uneca.org

OR
Kupukile Mlambo
African Development Bank
B.P. 323
1002 Tunis-Belvedere, Tunisia
Tel: +216-7110 2706 (Office); Email: k.mlambo@afdb.org

OR
Sebastian Levine
United Nations Development Programme.
Regional Bureau for Africa,
New York, USA
Tel : +1-212-906-5913 ; Email : sebastian.levine@undp.org




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