Covenant University established the ICADI Conference series as a unique platform for engaging academics, industry technocrats, and policy makers in productive discourse towards value enhancement and capacity development of the African Nation. This third in the series of ICADI conferences aims at expanding the success of the previous two conferences by engaging participants on the Theme:

Driving Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Africa: Models, Methods, and Policies

Accordingly, the third CU-ICADI is designed to cover a wide gamut of topics germane to issues of sustainability and inclusivity in the development of African nations vis-à-vis the humanities, social sciences and engineering, even as the foundation for the imminent African renaissance is laid. Academic contributions such as research articles, review papers, concept papers, vision/idea papers, work in progress with partial research results, poster presentations as well as PhD pecha kucha are welcomed. Papers from the industry presenting experience reports, company testimonials and reports of best practices implementation that have yielded positive results are also invited for presentation under a special Industry Track.

As is the custom at ICADI conferences, the 3rd CU-ICADI will feature special keynotes and guest lectures by renowned academics and industry experts. In addition, there shall be dedicated fora and syndicate sessions that will provide opportunity for all participants to contribute to specific topics on sustainable and inclusive African Development.

Important Dates

Submission of Full Paper (Extended, Final):  Apr. 21, 2016.

Notification of Acceptance (Full paper):        Apr. 27, 2016 - May 01, 2016.

Submission of Camera-ready Paper:            May 01, 2016 - May 05, 2016.

All accepted and presented papers at the conference will included in the conference proceedings. Also, the accepted papers will be submitted for indexing in open-access academic databases such as DOAJ, BASE, CEUR, ArXiv, CiteULike, Ulrichsweb,and Google Scholar. In addition, authors of accepted papers would be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to some selected high-impact journals, and Covenant University Journals after the conference.

 Kindly extend this invitation to colleagues within your social and professional sphere of influence.

Thank you.


The year 2015 brought to a close the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Initiative, which guided global effort aimed at ending extreme poverty, hunger and preventable diseases. This year also marks the start of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which comprise of 17 goals and 169 targets. The SDGs seek to continue the fight against extreme poverty including addressing the challenges of equitable development and curbing the dangers of human induced climate change. The setting of these new targets bring to fore the critical question of what major differences does it portend in advancing Africa’s development processes given the privilege of hindsight on how dismally the continent performed in attaining the MDGs. While the problem of tackling poverty reduction, healthcare, illiteracy and infrastructure deficit still permeate the African state, the challenge before the continent in a more disparate, divided and congested world is how to galvanize the requisite efforts to deal holistically with the issues of underdevelopment, including protecting the environment from the harsh impact of global warming.

Furthermore, most economies in Africa have been classified as growing economies. A notable economy is Nigeria, which has been identified as the largest economy on the continent. The growth and size of these economies have not been accompanied by an attendant reduction in inequality and equitability in the distribution of wealth and economic welfare. This fact makes glaring that the current growth noticed on the African continent is not yet inclusive. It becomes ominously obvious that growth that does not affect the bottom majority is potentially dangerous, and as such requires urgent attention in order to achieve sustainable development. It is partly for this reason that the next move after the MDGs is SDGs. It is therefore pertinent for the academia, industry experts and policy makers to come up with innovative solutions to drive inclusivity and sustainability of development in Africa.

It is for this reason that the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) proposes as the theme for the 3rd CU-ICADI 2016 as:

Driving Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Africa: Models, Methods and Policies.

Clearly this theme underscores the concerns enunciated heretofore and set out to provide the platform for stakeholders to interrogate the prospects and attendant challenges associated with the SDGs even as they concern African development. Engaging in this discourse now cannot but set Covenant University at the vanguard of knowledge creation and dissemination on this very hot issue of concern vis-à-vis her vision and mission.

The specific sub-themes of the conference and their respective synopsis are given below:

    • a) Good governance, accountability and transparency for sustainable development in Africa

    • The effectiveness of governments cannot be isolated from the process of driving sustainable development. Transparency of governments in Africa will facilitate the accountability as well as efficient allocation of resources. “Good governance is perhaps the single most important factor in eradicating poverty and promoting development.”--- Kofi Annan {Nobel Peace Prize Winner}
    • b) Methods and concepts for enabling human capital development in Africa

    • The process of human capital development in Africa has been questionable given reports from empirical findings and the dissatisfaction of industry. New methods and concepts that help address such flaws need be considered. Further more, the industry may need to be involved in the process.
    • c) Entrepreneurial innovations as catalyst for development in Africa

    • Advanced economies have been characterized by innovation that is driven by entrepreneurs. Such innovations have been responsible for creating jobs, setting values and expanding market opportunities that facilitate development as well as predicting the future by creating it. It is therefore necessary to assess the African environment and proffer solutions that will enable entrepreneurial innovation in the region.
    • d) Developing the knowledge economy in Africa

    • The East Asian Economic miracle has proven that developing economies can become emerging economies, and ultimately advanced economies. Economies such as South Korea have shown that becoming a knowledge-driven economy is a better route to catch up with advanced economies and attain sustainability. This suggests the necessity for developing the knowledge economy in Africa.
    • e) Sustainable infrastructure and technology for development in Africa

    • Poor infrastructure has been identified as a factor that slows down the development process. Firms and industries that have to incur addition production costs to generate electricity or lack access to good communication can hardly compete with economies having such facilities. There is therefore need to proffer solutions to these in Africa in such a way that the process of development is not slowed down.
    • f) Gender parity and sustainable development in Africa

    • It is good to examine the outcome of economic benefits and opportunities made available to women as they are made available to men. It is expected, for instance, that the aggregate amount of capabilities required to drive sustainable development will increase if women are given equal access to education.
    • g) Sustainable agriculture and food security in Africa

    • The Maslow’s hierarchy of needs posits that basic needs will need to be addressed before considering higher needs. The poor majority that suffers from inequality will need food they can afford. It is therefore necessary to identify gaps and proffer solutions that will facilitate sustainable agriculture and food security in Africa, particularly the kind that considers affordability, accessibility and employment opportunities for the bottom majority.
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