Call for Papers

We invite you to participate in the fourth (4th) Covenant-International Conference on African Development Issues (C-ICADI) 2018 scheduled to come up between October 22–24, 2018. The Programme Sub-committee invites papers from researchers and practitioners addressing African Development issues as it pertains to addressing the Challenge of Leadership in the African Continent in securing the future of Africa for sustainable development.

Covenant University established the ICADI series as a unique platform for engaging Academics, Industry Technocrats, and Policy makers in productive discourse towards value enhancement and transformational development of the African Nation. The fourth (4th) in the series of ICADI, aims at furthering the conversations on the earlier resolutions reached on the discourse on African Development Issues, thereby building on the success of the previous three (3) conferences, as we further explore a crucial platform of leadership as it affects the African Continent and her people.

Conference Sub-themes are as flagged:

Leadership in Context:

  • Political
  • Educational
  • Economic
  • Entrepreneurship

Governance and Democracy

  • Political
  • Institutional
  • Corporate
  • E-Governance
  • E-Voting


  • Basic Education
  • Higher Education
  • Adult Education
  • Vocational & Technical Education
  • E-Learning

SDGs and Transformational Leadership in Africa

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Water and Sanitation Sustainable
  • Energy

African Union's Vision 2063: Securing Africa's Future

  • Pan-Africanism
  • African Continental Free Trade Area
  • Human Rights, Justice and the Rule of Law
  • Cultural Identity, Ethnicity and Values
  • People-Driven Development
  • Strategies for Cooperation and Integration

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

  • Institutional and Practical Dimensions
  • Digital Literacy
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Pedagogy
  • Technology Incubation and Innovation

Civil Society

  • Civic Engagement
  • Trade Unions
  • NGOs
  • Community-Based Organizations

Peace and Security

  • Conflict Resolutions
  • Policing
  • Civil-Military Relation
  • Terrorism and Insurgency Trafficking

Gender Issues

  • Women Rights
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Domestic Violence
  • Youth Unemployment
  • Patriarchal ideology

Youth development

  • Youth Development
  • Youth and Life Skills
  • Decent Work and Productivity
  • Youth Inclusion in Governance
  • Youth Substance Abuse
  • Youth Neglect and Migration

Food Security and Agriculture

  • Biotechnology
  • Mechanization
  • Nutrition
  • Food Storage and Preservation

Environment and Climate Change

  • Toxicology
  • Green Environment
  • Remediation
  • Erosion Control
  • Waste Management
  • Adaptation Strategies
  • Pollution Control
  • Desertification

Housing and Infrastructure

  • Human Settlement
  • Intermodal Transport System
  • Sustainable Funding Strategies
  • Smart Cities
  • Affordable Housing


  • Research and Development
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Raw materials’ Exploitation
  • Recycling

Consequently, the fourth (4th) C-ICADI is designed to cover a wide range of topics germane to issues of Leadership in driving Africa's future 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 Ph.D 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.

Special plenary sessions for thematic discourse, general discussion, position papers, case studies and evolving thoughts for Politicians, Persons in Business and other Stakeholders from a wide array of sectors including Government, Media and Industry, among others will be hosted.

As is the practice at ICADI conferences, the fourth (4th) C-ICADI will feature special Keynote and Lead Paper presentations by acclaimed leaders, renowned Academics and Industry experts. In addition, there shall be dedicated fora and syndicate sessions that will provide an opportunity for all participants to contribute to specific topics on sustainable and diverse issues of African Development, emanating from the Conference theme and other core areas flagged.

All accepted and presented papers at the conference will be included in the conference proceedings. Furthermore, the accepted papers will be submitted for indexing in open-access academic databases such as Web of Science, Scopus 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 post the conference.

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