AUC Holds First International Conference on African Challenges


The International Conference on African Challenges was held by the American University in Cairo on December 4 and 5 at the New Cairo campus. Guided by the UN's vision for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the first of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), "No Poverty" was chosen as the first theme because global poverty is high on the African development agenda, as most of the global poor reside in Africa. Given the complexity and multidimensionality of poverty, this conference invited participants from disciplines across the various areas of academia to share knowledge and engage in constructive problem-solving. The conference also aims at being a starting point for further interdisciplinary research to effectively examine features, causes, methods, solutions, policies, and evaluations of this key challenge in the area.

The conference commenced  with a powerful speech from keynote speaker N'Dri Therese Assie-Lumumba, professor, Africana Studies & Research Center at Cornell University, who shared her vast experience with the audience.

ICRAC encompassed six tracks with 12 sessions in which 44 research papers were presented by delegates from 14 countries, 12 of which are African. The papers discussed poverty from the perspective of governance, education, social policy, wealth redistribution, gender inequality, migration as well as business. Sessions were chaired by prominent AUC professors and co-chaired by international reputable professors. They discussed the research and provided their valuable input.

I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to authorities, colleagues and students of the AUC for facilitating my  modest contribution to this major and historic undertaking.  I am sure the debates and forward-looking proposals on the second day of the conference were as positive as on the first day, said Assie-Lumumba. "I am still enthused by the engagements and the possibilities discussed. On the whole, my visit to AUC and Cairo was brief but full meaning.” 

“Let me say you that your organization of ICRAC 2019 is a great success. It was also an instructive human and scientific experience,” said El Hadji Papa Abdourahim Sy, sociologist-specialist Social Protection & Health