2021 Social Policy in Africa Conference

Development, Democracy and Social Policy: Remembering Thandika Mkandawire

22-24 November 2021  (Online)


Please direct all enquiries to:
Ms Simangele Sithole
Administrator, 2021 Social Policy in Africa Conference
South African Research Chair in Social Policy, University of South Africa

City of Tshwane-Pretoria. South Africa.
E-mail: sarchisp[at]unisa.ac.za   Tel: +27 12 337 6114


Papers and the conference will address a wide range of issues: from social policy for inclusive and democratic development, to social policy responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, non-formal social provisioning, poverty and inequality, and land and agrarian reform. Contributions need not be limited to the African context, and work covering contexts and experiences of the global South broadly is welcome.

  1. Critical Reflections on the Oeuvre of Thandika Mkandawire: Development, democracy and social policy
  2. Social Policy for Inclusive and Democratic Development
  3. Critical Reflections on Social Policy Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic
  4. Poverty and Inequality in Africa
  5. Critical Perspectives on Social Protection
  6. Non-Formal Social Provisioning: The African Experiences
  7. Land and Agrarian Reform: The Social Policy Perspectives

Conference partners


Professor Jayati Ghosh

Opening Keynote Address

Professor Jayati Ghosh is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA). A Development Economist, Professor Ghosh was until December 2020 the Chair of the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), in India. Professor Ghosh received her undergraduate education at Delhi University… More…

Professor Adebayo Olukoshi

Closing Keynote Address

Professor Adebayo Olukoshi is a Distinguished Professor at the Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He received his undergraduate education at the Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria), and his doctoral education at Leeds University (United Kingdom). More…

Professor Fantu Cheru

Inaugural Thandika Mkandawire Memorial Lecture

Fantu Cheru is Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy at American University (Washington, DC) and Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden University (The Netherlands). He served as Associate Senior Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), and the North-South Institute in Ottawa, Canada.  From 2007-12, he was the Research Director at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. More…

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Call for Papers

The neoliberal counter-revolution in development economics / studies re-purposed the idea of development as poverty


Natalia Abril Bonilla  (International Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands) E-mail: abrilbonilla@iss.nl. Title of Paper: