The fifth Amartya Sen Prize will be awarded in March 2018 by Academics Stand Against Poverty and Global Financial Integrity for the two best original essays on assessing the human impact of illicit financial flows out of Africa. This year’s winning recipient is Kenneth Okpomo, with the second place being awarded to Janet Bolarinwa.
Both recipients will accept their prizes and prize monies personally at a social justice conference in Nairobi: “Improving Domestic Resource Mobilization and Stemming Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs): Enhancing Institutionalised International Cooperation and local capacity for DRM”; 12th – 15th March 2019, Hekima Jesuit University College Peace Institute, Nairobi, Kenya.
Kenneth Okpomo was educated at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (Enugu state) where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons) in Sociology and Anthropology. While at this university he took courses on Social Research Methodology, Sociological Theories & Analysis, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Criminology & Penology. Kenneth is currently enrolled for the Master of Science degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the National Open University of Nigeria.
He has, at various times, been a freelance journalist and writer. As an interdisciplinary scholar, his area of interests cut across the social sciences and humanities. Kenneth’s articles have appeared in mediums/channels such as The Post Express, Nigerian Voice, Gamji News, Bizness Watch International, My Spur Magazine, and the Journal of Medical Humanities.
His essays (well noted for their rare insights and astute analysis) have been awarded prizes by institutions in the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, South Korea, South Africa, and Nigeria. In mid 2018, Kenneth won the first prize in the Daisy Alliance Essay Contest for his essay “The North Korean Nuclear Conundrum: Is a Peaceful Resolution Possible?”-
He is also the recipient of the Ashridge Business School/Guardian Media Group Essay Prize (Best Overseas Category) with his essay on the challenges confronting public-sector leaders in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger-Delta region, among other awards.
Janet Oluwayinka Bolarinwa, is a Nigerian from Oyo State, who attended the University of Jos where she graduated with a BSc (Ed) in Physics Education. Subsequently Janet went on to study her Masters in Education Technology in the National University of Nigeria and his hoping to start her PhD soon.
Janet currently works as a Civil Servant in Nigeria working with the Independent National Electoral Commission.
As part of Anti Poverty week ASAP Oceania launched its report auditing the Australian Government’s progress toward meeting SDG targets. It is the first SDG audit led by the ASAP network.
Academics Stand Against Poverty Oceania (ASAP Oceania)(1). a network of academics and development professionals working in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region, has coordinated experts on several aspects of poverty to write brief, accessible responses to what the Australian Government says about poverty in the Voluntary National Review (VNR).
The report focuses on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the Australian Government released in June this year.(2).
The conclusions clearly suggest more action is needed by the Australian Government.
Excerpt: Introduction to the report (Keith Horton)
The 17 SDGs, which were adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2015, focus on a wide range of developmental and environmental targets. The first goal is ‘End poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030’, and many of the other goals are related to poverty in a broad, multi-dimensional sense of that term.
So what does the Australian Government say about poverty in the VNR, and how accurate and representative is what it says? Given the unsystematic nature of the VNR and the heterogeneity of its contents, it wasn’t easy to provide a template for responses.
That said, we suggested that contributors construct their responses around the following questions.
1. What does the AVNR write about your field of expertise? (What aspects of that field does the AVNR focus on? What are the main points the AVNR makes?)
2. Is what the AVNR writes about your field of expertise accurate and representative? (Does it potentially mislead by omission? Are the cases the AVNR focuses on representative, or are they cherry-picked? Is data provided where suitable data is available?)
3. In your view, which policies most need to be reformed to improve Australia’s performance in your field of expertise?
The linked document is the resulting report. The topics covered are Food Security, Indigenous Policy, Children and Families, Foreign Aid, Gender, Housing, Social Policy, and Disability. This of course is very far from a complete list of relevant topics, but is nonetheless broad enough to enable one to see if any common themes emerge across different sectors, and hence how systematic any failings are.
(2). Australian Government: Report on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (2018): https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/19592VNR_final_approved_version.pdf
DEADLINE for panel proposals: 14TH NOV 2018
The annual conference of the Development Studies Association will take place from 19-21 June 2019 at The Open University and will focus on ‘Opening Up Development’.
The Call for panels and roundtables for this conference is now open!
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of The Open University and so we hope you will be able to join us for this special event.
Please visit the conference website homepage, read the conference theme and then head to the call for panels page where you can make your panel and roundtable proposals using the online form. There is also an option to propose more experimental/alternative panel formats this year, so do take a look at the options available.
The deadline for proposals is 14 November 2018.
The Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS University Islamabad, Vehari campus is organising an international conference on ‘Sustainability in the Changing Environment: Ways for Future Development’ on 12-13 November 2018.
Call for papers: Deadline 31st October
We are delighted to invite you to the ICSCE & 2nd SRC 2018 fore submission of the theoretical and empirical papers in the related disciplines of sustainability. Submissions are invited on, but not limited to the following sub-themes:
Business management in a changing environment
Climate change and sustainable development
Population, urban slums and poverty
Role of agribusiness in poverty alleviation
ICT and future development
(Registration details and deadlines are in the attached flyer)
We have a fantastic opportunity to hold an ASAP panel session in April at the Economic and Social Development Conference at HSE (Moscow). Information about the conference is below.
Can potential participants submit an abstract here: https://conf.hse.ru/en/ first and after that write to email@example.com to notify the organisers that application have been submitted before 1st November.
We have a short time before the official deadline to apply for our session for ASAP. Thank you.
International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, April 9 – 12, 2019, Moscow
The National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) with the support of the World Bank will be holding the 20th April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development. The Conference’s Programme Committee is chaired by Professor Evgeny Yasin, HSE’s Academic Supervisor.
The Conference features a diverse agenda concerning social and economic development in Russia. The list of topics is available at
Participants are invited to submit extended abstracts of their papers for presentation at the Conference’s sessions. Proposals must be submitted through HSE’s online system at https://conf.hse.ru/en/ until November 12, 2018.
The Programme Committee will then send notifications on the acceptance of proposals (by January 25, 2019), after considering the results of reviews carried out by independent experts.
Papers included in the programme will have the opportunity of being published in leading Russian journals dedicated to economics, sociology, management, public administration, etc. (subject to additional reviews by the editorial board of a given journal). These journals are either cited in the Scopus and WoS databases or are included in the list published by the Russian Higher Attestation Commission.
The Conference’s working languages are Russian and English.
Online registration to attend the Conference will be open until March 25, 2019. Information about previous conferences can be viewed here https://conf.hse.ru/en/2019/.
Should you have further questions feel free to contact the Organizing Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally If you interested in gender or queer theory please also write to me and Valeriya Utkina UtkinaVV@hse.ru . There is another session being hosted.