Addressing Inequalities in the Sustainable Development Agenda: Case Studies from Africa

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Africa Specialty Group, Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Directors Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Andrea Rishworth
Chairs: Andrea Rishworth

Call for Submissions

Scholars interested in contributing to this broad discussion on poverty, inequalities and sustainable development in the African context are welcome. Particularly, this session will situate problems within the context of potential intervention strategies. Papers are invited from individuals who are working on such initiatives particularly those that center on climate change, health and wellbeing, livelihood strategies, policy issues, and other mechanisms that seek to improve the overall quality of life in African communities. Inquiries about the session may be directed to Andrea Rishworth ( If you wish to join the session, please register for AAG and send abstract and program identification number (PIN) to the above email addresses by October 31, 2018.


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.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Roeland Hemsteede*, University of Dundee, Pay to play? Power Relations in Malawi’s Social Cash Transfer Programme 20 3:05 PM
Presenter Michael Acheampong*, University of South Florida, Fenda A. Akiwumi, University of South Florida, Oil extraction and fisherfolk: Does Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number One stand a chance in Ghana’s oil region? 20 3:25 PM
Presenter Tamee Albrecht*, University of Arizona - Geography & Development, Tihitina Andarge, University of Maryland, College Park - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Elise Harrington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Tejasvi Hora, University of Waterloo - Civil and Environmental Engineering, Andrea Lund*, Enter an organization, Rebecca Wall, Stanford University - Department of History, River management for sustainable development on the Senegal River: integrating historical and hydrologic analysis of trade-offs between health and food, energy, and water resources 20 3:45 PM
Presenter Jana Brady*, Southern Connecticut State University, Cultural Heritage Tourism and Sustainable Development: White-Washing South Africa’s Dark History with Wine 20 4:05 PM
Presenter Alex Orenstein*, Action Against Hunger, Fast maps and slow responses : Tracking and mitigating drought in the West African Sahel 20 4:25 PM

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