HESPI Conference on IGAD Economies 2016 - Call For Papers
The Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) Regional Economic Community comprises 8 member states with combined GDP of USD 218 billion and population of 250 million (World Bank, 2015). The region has been characterized by low socio-economic performance for many years, but has experienced a turnaround in the last two decades when most countries recorded impressive economic performance. Since the year 2000, these economies have grown at annual average rate of 5.9 percent. Accordingly, maintaining high growth is a prerequisite to ensure sustainable development in the region.
Progress in meeting the MDGs has been made by many IGAD countries; including in universal primary education, child and maternal health, and poverty reduction goals. However, owing to the pervasiveness and structural nature of the problems, much remains to be done as poverty and malnutrition are still prevalent. Although basic educational and health outreach have improved in many countries in the region, access remains low to good quality health and higher educational. It is crucial to bring broad-based sustainable development for the region. In line with this, the HESPI conference on IGAD economies in 2016 would be framed against the background of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that establish targets to be pursued by all countries through 2030.