FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY,
ILE IFE, NIGERIA
2011 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
THEME: CHALLENGES OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA AT 50: ISSUES AND POLICY OPTIONS
Given the enormous potential of human and natural resources Nigeria is endowed with, the expectation is that the country should by now rank high among the industrialized nations of the world. However, since independence in 1960 the country has been faced by a catalogue of challenges including underdeveloped political structures and mechanisms; poor demographic indicators of high fertility, mortality and reproductive health outcomes coupled with massive emigration; breakdown in social orders and orientations; and decaying social infrastructures all of which impeded real economic growth. There has therefore been an endless search for development in Nigeria.
Despite interventions at addressing both policy and institutional bottlenecks that have hindered progress in the past decades through various reform policies and programmes, the outcomes have been mixed. While some positive outcomes were recorded, the overall developmental aspirations of the country were largely unachieved. The country is dragged into abject poverty in the midst of plenty. The many elegant and elaborate micro and macro-economic policies have failed to translate into improved welfare for Nigerians. Also, the process of true democratization have been uninspiring, institutions and infrastructural facilities are in a state of despair, corruption is rife, family institutions are collapsing, crime is on the increase, ethnicity and religious crisis dim hope for national unity, while environmental challenges are increasing in depth and varieties. The scourge of HIV/AIDs and other communicable diseases are also at a very high threshold.
In response to this legion of challenges, the Faculty of Social Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria announces an international conference to provide a forum for generating ideas and intellectual discourses to address these issues. It is the aim of the conference to produce a way for channeling the course of moving the country forward. The “Nigeria at fifty” conference promises to be a forum for stimulating academic and policy discussions. The three-day conference will include plenary sessions in which key speakers from government, international organizations and academia will x-ray the issues and stimulate further discussions and practical guide towards accelerated development in Nigeria. Parallel sessions on specific themes and topics will be organized to allow in-depth discussions among participants. A number of side events and exhibitions are also being organized to broaden the scope of experience and participation of attendees. The conference will also advance collaboration and will provide opportunities to promote new initiatives and partnerships.
• Population dynamics and socio-economic development: This will cover issues linking population variables to development indicators.
• Macro- and Micro- economic policies and socio-economic development in Nigeria
• Nigeria and Environmental change: It will address the issues of food security, vulnerability mitigation and adaptation, soil erosion, ecology and biodiversity, waste management, poverty and infrastructure development.
• Democracy and Democratisation in Nigeria: This session will cover the following subthemes: Perspectives to democratization processes, impeachment crisis, constitutional crisis, legislative/executive relations, judiciary and democritisation, the military and democritisation process, democratisation and economic development.
• Human Behaviour and the 21st Century Social Development Challenges: This session will include research papers from any of the following subthemes: Survival issues in an ailing 3rd world economy, Violence on human rights as an option: Kidnapping scenario in Nigeria, Significant casual variables of corruptive behavior, mobile phone lie-telling: Deep-seated behavioural defects or a necessary evil of technology age, political behavior.
Other sessions will include but not limited to:
• Gender and Socioeconomic development:
• Crime and security Challenges of Development:
• Ethnicity, Religion and National Unity:
• The Family Institution and Socioeconomic Development:
• Labour and Socioeconomic Development
Instructions for Authors
Authors interested in submitting papers for the parallel session are requested to send an abstract not exceeding two pages in length showing the problem, methodology and key findings. The abstract must be in English, typed, and shall contain the following information: Main author name and affiliation, authors for correspondence with full postal address, tel. and e-mail, and co-authors names and affiliation.
Call for abstract: December 20, 2010
Deadline for abstract submission: March 25th, 2011
Notification of abstract acceptance: Few Days after submission
Deadline for full paper: March 26th, 2011
Conference Date and Place: 28th -30th March, 2011,
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
All abstracts and papers to be forwarded to the organizing committee:
Prof. Anthony Akinlo:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Dr. P.O. Ogunjuyigbe:
Dr. Olalekan Yinusa:
Dr. Akanni Akinyemi:
Dr. O.O. Orimoogunje:
Prof. Anthony Akinlo
Department of Economics
Faculty of Social Sciences
Obafemi Awolowo University
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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