Opportunity - July 26, 2020

OPPORTUNITY | Call for Papers – African Economic Conference 2020

The 2020 African Economic Conference (AEC), jointly organized by African Development Bank (AfDB), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (or virtually) from 1st to 3rd December 2020 or from the 8th to the 10th of December.



Application Deadline: August 21, 2020

Since its inception in 2006, the AEC series has fostered dialogue and the exchange of knowledge on a variety of issues and challenges facing Africa. The theme of this year’s conference is: “Africa beyond COVID-19: acceleration towards inclusive sustainable development”.

Policy-oriented papers that are linked to the overall theme of the conference are of particular interest.


Submission Guidelines:

Interested authors should submit their papers here: https://www.uneca.org/aec2020

Only full papers addressing the theme of the conference will be considered for presentation. We also encourage the submission of policy-and-solution oriented papers with strong empirical work.  The conference shall give priority to solution-oriented papers.


Authors are kindly invited to submit their papers as per the schedule below.


Annotation Deadline Date
Deadline for paper submissions 21 August 2020
Notification of final acceptance 15 October 2020
Last day for registration for presenters 1 November 2020
Closing of flight bookings 15 November 2020
Conference dates (if held in Addis Ababa) 1 – 3 December 2020


Young African female and male researchers are especially encouraged to submit their articles. One of the objectives of the AEC series is to provide young African researchers with the opportunity not only to share their work with a broader audience, but also to expand their networks.


Review Process:

All the papers will be professionally peer reviewed through a blind review process by the co-organizing institutions. Only original quality work shall be accepted for presentation.

A distinguished panel will assess the papers presented and award a prize to a young author whose paper is deemed the best conference paper. The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony.



Authors will be requested to indicate whether they require support to cover expenses (travel, accommodation and daily subsistence allowance) associated with their participation at the conference. Only one author per paper accepted for presentation will be eligible for sponsorship. Support is reserved mainly for presenters and young researchers from Africa.


The full Concept Note can be downloaded here.


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