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UNRISD Director to Give Keynote Speech at the New School for Social Research Conference ‘When will African Economies Develop?’

28 Apr 2008

UNRISD Director, Thandika Mkandawire, is the keynote speaker at a one-day conference at the New School for Social Research that is taking place on May 2 in New York at Wollman Hall from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

Under the title ‘When will African Economies Develop?’ the conference will focus on the economic development of sub-Saharan Africa and will investigate the connection between economic and political forces both at a national and international level. Thandika will be giving a keynote speech entitled ‘From Maladjusted States to Developmental States ’.

The panelists at the conference will be:

· Berhanu Nega, former Mayor of Addis Ababa and political prisoner, now Visiting Professor of Economics at Bucknell University.
· Nicolas Van de Walle, professor of International Studies and Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. He is the author of African Economies and the Politics of Permanent Crisis.
· Richard Kozul-Wright, senior economist, UN Dept of Economic and Social Affairs and author of The Resistable Rise of Market Fundamentalism: Rethinking Development Policy in an Unbalanced World.
· Carol Lancaster, associate professor of politics in the School of Foreign Service with a joint appointment in the Department of Government. She is also Director of the Mortara Center for International Studies. She is the author of Foreign Aid: Diplomacy, Development, Domestic Politics.
· Leonard Wantchekon, professor of Politics and Economics, NYU, is author of The Paradox of ‘Warlord’ Democracy: A Theoretical Investigation.

The New School for Social Research is a progressive university comprising eight schools bound by a common, unusual intent: to prepare and inspire its 9,400 undergraduate and graduate students to bring actual, positive change to the world through arts, design, humanities, public policy, and the social sciences.

The conference is open to the public, however seating is limited. Please visit the New School for Social Research website for reservation information.