“[The conference] has become a major forum that brings together leading academics and development practitioners from across the globe towards fostering dialogue and exchange of knowledge that contributes to the search for solution to the development challenges of Africa” – African Economic Conference

From November 2 – 4, the African Development Bank (AfDB), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and United Nations Economic Commission for United Nations (UNEC) will be hosting its tenth annual African Economic Conference (AEC). The conference entitled “Addressing Poverty and Inequality in the Post 2015 Development Agenda” will be held in Kinshasa, DRC.

The African Economic Conference was created to promote innovative thinking and research on economic and policy issues related to African economies. Conference planners want to foster information sharing between Africans in the diaspora, those on the continent, and policy makers.

The conference will host researchers, development practitioners, and policy makers in African development. DRC President Joseph Kabila Kabange will open the event with a keynote address. Other opening statements will be made by AfDB President Akinwumi A. Adesina, and Assistant UN Secretary General Abdoulaye Mar Dieye. Some notable researchers in attendance will include, Professor Léonce Ndikumana from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst and Professor Elizabeth Asiedu, founder of the Association for the Advancement of African Women Economists.

Sessions will cover the environmental, economic, and social impacts of poverty. Attendants will present papers related to human capital, health, labor markets, and country-specific economic trends. Most papers will be new publications that have yet to be published.

The conference planners have organized a Millennium Development Goals Report Launch Cocktail. Presenters will discuss progress made and the lessons learned. Furthermore, conference attendees will be the first to hear the 2015 Mutual Review of Development Effectiveness in Africa Report (MRDE). The MRDE is a review of commitments made by national governments and development partners.

The three-day conference is sure to be a well-attended event, which comes at an important moment. The forum will be an opportunity for attendees to discuss, formally and informally, next steps now that the Sustainable Development Goals are set.

For more information about the conference, visit the AfDB website.