Dear Colleague:

You are cordially invited to participate in the international conference on Democracy, Governance and Curbing Corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to be held on the campus of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania from August 8-10, 2012. This event is organized by the Master of Public Administration Program in collaboration with the African & Caribbean Business Council (Acbc)

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. Developing these strategies will require a close collaboration between African governments, bi-lateral and multi-lateral development agencies, civil society organizations, and other key African development stakeholders.

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 people living below the internationally recognized 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 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.

Given the challenges that corruption presents, particularly in the case of SSA, it is imperative that both a theoretical framework for understanding the causes and consequences of corruption, and pragmatic strategies for preventing and remediating its negative effects be developed. This conference will provide the opportunity to do just that. In addition, distinguished papers presented at the conference will be published in an edited volume so that they may be further disseminated.

Your presence at this international conference will be of great value to us. Please confirm your participation by completing the attached registration form, and forwarding it to the address indicated. We eagerly look forward to your participation, and to welcoming you to Cheyney University.


Gedeon Mudacumura, Ph.D.

Chair, Conference Planning Committee