7th International Conference on
African Development (ICAD)

 A Multi-Disciplinary International Conference on African States

Challenges and Opportunities for Democratic Good Governance for Sustainable Development through Global & Diaspora Partnerships with African States

July 27-29, 2012
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

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Conference agenda (2-page summary)
Full conference program

Keynote speaker:

Dr. BililignDr. Solomon Bililign
North Carolina A & T State University

Presentation title:
“The need for interdisciplinary research and education for sustainable human development to deal with global challenges” (abstract and bio)

The Center for African Development and Policy Research (CADPR) at Western Michigan University (WMU) in collaboration with local and academic and civic organizations announce the 7th International Conference on African Development (ICAD) under the theme of “Challenges and Opportunities for Good Governance toward Peace and Sustainable Development through Global and Diaspora Partnership with African States” will convene on July 27-29, 2012 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.

The conference continues the tradition of six successful international conferences convened between 2001-2011 in Michigan and Ethiopia. It is a multi-disciplinary conference for academics, policy makers, investors, donors, students, civil society and professional organizations, and the general public interested on contemporary development issues on Africa. Click here for information about CADPR activities.

The objectives of the conference are to:

1. Raise awareness toward understanding of the critical issues that affect African states.
2. Provide dialogue forum for constructive policy options for sustainable development and peace.
3. Exchange research papers by scholars and researchers including advanced undergraduate and
    graduate students.
4. Build consensus on policy options that are crucial for future progress, towards conflict
    resolution, development, peace building, and democratic reform of African States
    through affective global partnerships for sustainable development and good governance.

Abstract and participant summary

Call for Papers--concluded

Conference collaborators and participants (tentative)

The Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education, selected WMU departments and institutes, Faculty, Staff and Students, African and Ethiopian-American Organizations (ENC, ENTC, EAF, ENHAPA, EDSA, etc), IJAD and CADPR advisory board members, and other interested organizations including universities and think tanks.

On-Campus Housing at Draper/Siedschlag Residence Hall

On-Campus lodging will be available at Draper/Siedschlag Residence Hall for $22 USD per night single occupancy and $17.50 per night double occupancy.


This residence hall provides community-style bathrooms. It does not have air-conditioning.

Register for this lodging option using the conference registration page.


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