Location and objectives


The Second AfricaLics Conference will be hosted by University of Rwanda and held in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference intends to bring together up to 150 early careers and established researchers and scholars from different disciplines to enhance the quality of innovation studies in relation to development and growth in Africa. The objectives of this conference are:

  • To determine the state of the art within research community in Africa working in the field of innovation and development.
  • To provide a much needed arena for researchers in Africa, particularly early career researchers, to build capacity in presenting and networking skills as well as learning about new methods and theories.
  • To promote networking and create space for new collaborations amongst researchers in the field of innovation and development focusing on Africa.
  • To build capacity to teach high quality, fit for purpose, curricula in the field of innovation and development in Africa. 

The conference follows a successful mini conference held in December 2013 in Maputo with deliberations focusing on neglected areas in the area of innovation and development.

The conference will be held over three days and will combine presentation of research papers in parallel tracks with panel discussions and plenary lectures.  There will also be a parallel track focusing exclusively on teaching of innovation and development at African universities.