International conference to explore ‘Africa at a Fork in the Road’

The Yale Center for the Study of Globalization will host a colloquium on African human and economic development on Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15. The event — titled “Africa at a Fork in the Road: Taking Off or Disappointment Once Again?”— will take place 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greenberg Conference Center, 391 Prospect St. It is free and open to the public.

The conference will assess the key development opportunities and challenges of Africa, which, as a whole, still lags behind many other developing economies in key developmental indicators. Africa remains the poorest region in the world, malnutrition is still unacceptably high, and inequality continues to permeate the continent, note the organizers. Although some have expressed unprecedented optimism about the future prospects for the region’s development, others remain skeptical and continue to assert that recent trends are just another phase of Africa’s history of boom-and-bust cycles, the organizers add.

A group of academics, practitioners, and policymakers will convene to examine the sustainability of Africa’s current trajectory, to explore which policies and practices have proven most effective throughout the region, and to consider what needs to be done to keep growing and address more effectively the acute poverty and human development problems that persist in some countries.

The conference participants include the president of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka; the former president of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn; the vice chancellor of the University of Ghana, Ernest Aryeetey; and the renowned economist and author, Dambisa Moyo, among others.

Topics include “How Globalized is Africa?”; “Disparities in African Growth and Development”; “Better Governance for a Stronger Africa”; and “Are Natural Resources an Opportunity or a Curse for Africa?” among others.

For more information, visit the conference website.