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Authors must follow the instructions on the AEC 2016 website (, to submit papers. Priority will be given to the submission of full papers. We also encourage the submission of policy-oriented papers with strong empirical work.

Participants and experts submitting papers for the Conference must adhere to the key deadline dates as stated in Table 1:

Table 1: Annotated Time Frame


Deadline Date

Start of paper submissions

20 June 2016

Deadline for paper submissions

15 August 2016

Notification of final acceptance

24 October 2016

Last day for registration for presenters

4 November 2016

Closing of flight bookings

14 November 2016

Conference dates

December 5-7 2016

Papers will be blind-reviewed by the co-organizing institutions and those accepted for presentation shall be original quality work not previously published.

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.

Expected Outputs

The outputs of the Conference are expected to include:

  • A Conference Report: a summary of key findings as well as key policy recommendations distilled from conference papers and keynote speeches;
  • Conference Proceedings: a special issue of the African Development Review containing the most innovative articles of policy and operational relevance, as well as a proceedings book that publishes selected papers. This double publication finds a useful application in policy-making for political leaders and in defining strategic priorities for development practitioners.


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.

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