10a. Sustainability and Africa

NB! This track text is confirmed and approved by track chairs.

Track Chairs

  • Olawale Emmanuel Olayide, Department of Sustainability Studies, Faculty of Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • Desalegn Yayeh Ayal, Center for Food Security Studies, College of Development Studies, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Olufunke A. Alaba, Health Economics Unit, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town.

Goals and Objectives of the Track

Africa is no doubt one of the most endowed continents of the world with abundant mineral, agricultural and human resources. However, prolonged misrule and mismanagement by colonial and national governments have led to impoverishment and misery in the continent. There have also been boom and bust in the economies of the continent. Perhaps, the human resource is the critical factor for sustaining the resources in the continent. Africa, being the world’s second largest continent in both population and size, faces enormous challenges of sustaining its resources for shared prosperity. Therefore, sustainable development of the continent would require massive reconstruction of decades of resource mismanagement as well as visioning for a peaceful and prosperous continent. Similarly, the potential demographic dividend should take precedence in developmental planning and for harnessing the resources in the continent. However, the sustainability of the resources in Africa for shared prosperity remains a challenge in the face of neo-colonialism, massive corruption, climate change, food insecurity, poverty, and misery. These issues are germane, and could hamper the sustainability of resources for the future in Africa.

Therefore, papers are invited in the following subject areas in relation to Africa:

  • Demystifying resource curse
  • Agricultural resources and transformation pathways
  • Equity and equality of citizens
  • Youth and transformative leadership
  • Education, science and technology
  • Governments, institutions and legitimacy
  • Aligning Africa Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Globalisation and partnerships for sustainable development
  • Climate change adaptation, resilience and  governance
  • Green innovations and circularity 

Length and content of the proposed abstract to the track

Each proposed abstract (in connection to one of the areas pointed out above) within 300 and 500 words (including everything)

  1. shall be best organized (without headlines) along usual structures (e.g. intro/method/findings or results/ discussion/conclusions)
  2. does not need to, but can include references
  3. shall provide in a final section
    a. to which SDG(s) and SDG-target(s) their proposed abstract especially relate to (e.g. “SDG+Target: 14.1.”).
    b. a brief indication how the proposed contribution relates to the topic of the Conference (“SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND COURAGE: CULTURE, ART AND HUMAN RIGHTS”).

Abstracts which do not outline points 3.a.) AND 3.b.) might not be given special consideration in the selection for potential publications and might be considered less relevant in the Review.

Potential publication channels

With regard to potential publications, depending on the number and quality of contributions, diverse publication opportunities will be envisaged.


Deadline for submitting abstracts: See Submissions