International Conference on Democracy, Governance and
Curbing Corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania – August 8-10, 2012

 

Call for Proposals

While other regions of the world are making strides in improving the living standards of their citizens, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is still trapped in poverty with more than 40% of its 600 million citizens living below the internationally recognised absolute poverty line of US$ 1 per day. Part of the problem is the corruption in the institutions of democratic governance in the countries of this region. Several reports highlight corruption as one of the institutional and systemic problems responsible for keeping million of Africans under absolute poverty. The 2008 Transparency International report demonstrates a direct link between corruption and the failure of societal institutions to effectively achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in SSA. It is a serious concern that the goals of reducing poverty in SSA to half of the 1990 level by the year 2015 will not be met.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together an international group of scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines (economics, sociology, public administration, political economy, business, anthropology, law, political science, information technology, journalism, education, etc.) to collectively explore the multiple facets of the problems of democratic governance, particularly as they relate to corruption, and to suggest concrete strategies geared toward solving these problems in SSA.

Participants of the conference will be challenged to move from theoretical frameworks to practical strategies for improving democratic institutions, governance processes, and curbing corruption. Issues that scholars and practitioners could address include, but are not limited to:

  • Problems of democracy and governance in SSA and their potential solutions
  • The role of civil society organizations in democracy and governance in SSA
  • Problems of transparency and accountability in the local and national governments in SSA and in international relations
  • Ethics and decision making in SSA
  • Origins and definitions of corruption in the historical and cultural context of SSA, for example in pre-colonial, colonial, and, post-independence periods
  • Corruption in public bureaucracies
  • Corruption in business practices of international corporations operating in SSA and local business and the intersections of these with corruption in governance
  • Evaluation of anti-corruption strategies recommended and implemented by the governments in SSA and bi-lateral and multi-lateral development agencies
  • The roles of international NGOs and local development organizations in fighting corruption
  • The roles of information and communication technologies to track the implementation of anti-corruption strategies
  • Challenges in coordinating anti-corruption strategies
  • The role of educational institutions in advancing democratic governance and fighting corruption.

The ultimate goal of this conference is to provide a platform to discuss multiple dimensions of democratic governance and corruption and help devise strategies to improve governance practices and anti-corruption strategies for the countries in SSA. The organizers of the conference recognize that the above list is by no means exhaustive and therefore welcome other innovative paper proposals, including those of governance and corruption issues in other nations, particularly if the authors explicitly discuss the implications for SSA.

General Guidelines for All Submissions

Submission of Proposal

The conference program development committee welcomes proposals that feature high quality conceptual papers, as well as qualitative and quantitative empirical research papers. In addition to individual paper proposals, the committee encourages the submission of complete panels consisting of no more than four papers. Panel submissions should bring together complementary papers that tackle similar research questions or topics. Panel proposals should provide information on the overall theme of the panel and indicate how each of the proposed papers connects to the panel's theme. Proposals from individuals at all stages of their careers are welcome, including graduate students.

The deadline for submission of proposals is January 31, 2012. Email your proposals with your complete contact information (including institutional affiliation) to: Dr. Gedeon Mudacumura at gmudacumura@cheyney.edu. The program development committee is comprised of the following members: Professor Sylvester Murray, murraysy@savannahstate.edu, Professor Goktug Morcol, gxm27@psu.edu, Professor Harvey White, hlw@pitt.edu, and Professor Berhanu Mengistu, bmengistu@odu.edu. The committee will acknowledge receipt and notify the submitter of each paper and panel proposals of its decision by March 1, 2012.

Submission of Final Papers

Final papers should be 25-30 pages long, double-spaced including references. The final document should be sent electronically by June 30, 2012 as a Microsoft Word-compatible or a compatible format to: Dr. Gedeon Mudacumura at gmudacumura@cheyney.edu. The most recent edition of the American Psychological Association writing style is highly recommended for paper submission.

All the submitted papers will be peer reviewed and considered for potential publication in an edited volume.