The creation of the Sustainable Development Goals marks a shift in development, generating a universal and transformative agenda for a sustainable and equitable future. This new agenda, beyond the Millennium Development Goals, now focuses on a shared future with collective responsibilities and one universal agenda for sustainable development. In this regard, institutions and governments in Africa have a key role to play in meeting the unfinished agenda of the MDGs and accelerating equitable and sustainable development. Sustaining the momentum achieved by governments, civil society and the private sector actor, is vital to producing clear objectives and developing implementation and monitoring frameworks that respond to challenges related to climate change, the built environment, the information and communication technology revolution, and demographic change. This session will provide an opportunity to assess the impact of current growth strategies on poverty, inequality and human development in Africa, providing the opportunity to identity successes, lessons learned, and identify remaining gaps, challenges and emerging issues related to this topic. Specifically, this session will situate problems within the context of policy-oriented research focused on how to reduce poverty and inequality for an equitable, inclusive and environmentally sustainable future.
|Presenter||Michael Acheampong*, University of South Florida, Fenda Akiwumi, University of South Florida, Pursuing Sustainable Development Goal Number One: Evaluating the Fate of Smallholder Farmers in Ghana’s Oil City.||20||8:00 AM|
|Presenter||Jules Reynolds*, , Michael Bell, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Leah Potter-Weight, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Valerie Stull, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Mpumelelo Ncwadi, Indwe Trust, Liza Lightfoot, KidLinks World, Growing from the Roots: Deep Development in Post-Apartheid South Africa||20||8:20 AM|
|Presenter||Andrea Lombard*, Stellenbosch University; University of South Africa, Sanette L.A. Ferreira, Stellenbosch University, Toward resilient energy transition pathways in South Africa: Renewable energy development implications for rural areas of selected provinces||20||8:40 AM|
|Presenter||Sydney Oluoch*, Montclair State University, Investigating factors affecting renewable energy consumption using Panel Data analysis in Sub-Saharan Africa.||20||9:00 AM|
|Presenter||Hsi-Chuan Wang*, , Electricity Access and Urban Form in a racially Divided City - The case of Johannesburg, South Africa||20||9:20 AM|
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