African Development Conference Advances South-South Collaboration

African countries are looking beyond traditional partners in the West and forging South-South linkages in trade and politics. This trend was front and center at the 6th Annual African Development Conference (ADC), with the theme, “Looking South – Moving Forward: Fostering development collaboration within the global South.”


Each year, the African Development Conference brings together policy makers, academics, students, business leaders, and government officials. In 2015, participants discussed African countries’ growing interest in South-South collaboration, engaging with the sub-continent as well as countries such as China, India, and Brazil. Corporate CEOs from across Africa joined African government ministers and officials from such organizations as the China Africa Fund. Two Harvard fellows – Fadumo Dayib, 2016 presidential candidate in Somalia, and Lindiwe Mazibuko, former Member of Parliament in South Africa – drew standing room-only audiences, and the conference concluded with a major keynote address by His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger.

Through plenary speeches, networking receptions, and panel discussions, the conference offered a platform to advance intellectual and practical debate on key topics in African development. Students from all of Harvard’s professional schools collaborated on conference planning, with support from the Center for African Studies.

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