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Center for African Development Policy Research

The Center for African Development Policy Research (CADPR) is an interdisciplinary academic program established at Western Michigan University in October 2000.

The Center is a joint program of the WMU Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education. It is an interdisciplinary program intended to foster collaborative research activities with relevant WMU academic departments and units in implementing its activities.


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 Call for Papers for 8th International
Conference on African Development

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Full conference program

Keynote and Plenary speaker bios

The Center of African Development Policy Research (CADPR) at Western Michigan University in collaboration with the Haenicke Institute for Global Education and the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences announce a call for papers on the theme: The Challenges of Good Governance and Leadership for Sustainable Development in African States. For details on the theme, see the Conceptual Scope of Conference Theme.

Date and Venue: Thursday, August 14 through Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Room 2028 Brown Hall, Western Michigan University.


WMU Department of Economics newsletter

Includes news and award stories about department faculty, graduate students, alumni and Dr. Sisay Asefa, director of the Center for African Development Policy Research.


Recent events

Peace studies expert to speak on Jan. 9

 Dr. Federica De Sisto, a research associate at the Institute of International Integration Studies, Trinity College, The University of Dublin, Ireland, will give a presentation titled, "Doing Sensitive Research Cross-cultural Contexts: Reflections from Fieldwork,” at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 in 1115 Moore Hall.

De Sisto holds a Ph.D. in peace studies from Trinity College. She is a former visiting fellow at the Arthur Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba, Canada and at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.

She is currently involved in a European Union reconciliation project between Muslim and Christian communities in Northern Nigeria. Her research and teaching interests include conflict transformation and peace building, governance, minorities' rights, gender and development, migration and refugee studies.

This lecture is being co-sponsored by: Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs; Departments of Anthropology, Economics, Gender and Women Studies, Geography, Sociology and World Languages and Literatures; Haenicke Institute for Global Education; Lee Honors College; Lewis Walker Institute of Race and Ethnic Relations; Office of Diversity and Inclusion; and the Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society, WMU Chapter.

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Philosophy of science and mind topic of Nov. 6 lecture

 Professor David Spurret, professor of philosophy and classics in the Howard College at the University of Kwazulu-Natal School of Religion in South Africa, will give a talk, "Sacred Value, Rule-based Choice and the Brain" at 4 p.m. Wedneday, Nov. 6, 2013 in 1920 Sangren Hall.

Spurret's research is focused mainly on philosophy of science, cognitive science and philosophy of mind. He has authored and co-written journal articles and co-edited books on addiction, disordered gambling, voluntary agency and metaphysics, and published papers in a range of areas in philosophy and cognitive science. His current research is focused on different versions of the claim that there is, or has to be, a 'common currency' for representing the values of options open to an agent.

For more information, contact Dr. Sisay Asefa, CADPR director, at sisay.asefa@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5556(269) 387-5556

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