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African Development Conference 2018

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

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Event Description

Over the past decade, Africa has seen significant economic growth and improvement in human development. However, challenges for development remain as rapid economic growth has been accompanied by greater inequality often times instigated by corruption, violence, ‘institutional inertia,’ and the polarizing global political order. Are these challenges insurmountable? The policy makers in Africa are not oblivious to this situation and the continent is experiencing renewed resilience in pursuing endogenous development strategies denoted by a common resolve, a common vision, and a common purpose. But what will it take for the achievement of this vision?


Join us at the 9th Annual African Development Conference at Harvard University as we unpack these nuances of African development policies. Through the theme: Our Time; Our Vision: Wielding Africa’s Potential for Sustainable Growth we will spark discussions around three major pillars of growth: Democracy and Good Governance, Technology, and Economic Partnerships, and their contribution to the achievement of Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 


The African Development Conference convenes global leaders, business professionals, policy practitioners, government officials, scholars, students, and alumni. It is the largest African Development Conference in North America, organized by students at the Harvard Law School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard College.


Keynote speakers include: 


Cecilia Akintomide, former Secretary General of the African Development Bank

Abdulaye Diop, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali

David Maraga, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kenya

Amina Mohammad, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Former President of Somalia

Antoinette Monsio Sayeh, Former Director of the African Department at the International Monetary Fund


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Buying tickets for groups of 8+? Students are eligible for a group discount!

March 23rd, 2018  8:00 amMarch 24th, 2018  10:00 pm