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Emerging trends in African Entrepreneurship
Date: Saturday, 4-5th April 2014
Venue: London School of Economics and Political Science
 
 
The inaugural LSE Africa Summit will be held on 4th – 5th April 2014 as part of a broader set of initiatives hosted by the Department of International Development, LSE. It aims to engage the university with Africa through a wide range of partnerships, programmes and activities. The two-day Summit, comprising a Business Conference (4th April 2014) and a Research Conference (5th April 2014) is aimed at creating a platform for Africans and non-Africans to capture, discuss and add value to the changes and opportunities that are emerging in Africa. The ‘LSEAS 2014’ theme will revolve around African Entrepreneurship, its emerging nature and its impact on the shifting role of Africa in the world.
 
We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the Research Conference that will take place on 5th April 2014 at the LSE. Authors are invited to submit proposals electronically (Word or PDF format) to Africarc@lse.ac.uk by 10th December 2013. The proposal should include:
  1. The paper title;
  2. Full paper (10,000 words). While full paper submissions are preferred, abstracts will also be considered (300 words);
  3. A short biography – including current position;
  4. Whether financial support is required from the LSE in order to participate (a limited number of scholarships is available for researchers unable to fund their participation).
 
 
 
Researching ‘Emerging Entrepreneurship in Africa’
At a time of deep change for Africa’s development, it has become increasingly important to study the role and impact Africans have in carving out a new role for Africa on the world stage. Everyday people – the architects of change – are grasping the technologies of Western nations and creating new rules of the game, building institutions as well as creating solutions to the social and economic problems of the 21st century in some of the world’s most troubled areas.
 
This one-day intensive Research Conference endeavors to explore and answer questions including  who are the innovators in Africa, which issues are motivating an ever expanding entrepreneurship drive and what are the peculiar African features of this movement? In particular it will examine the following questions, pertinent to the study of entrepreneurship in Africa:
 
  • Can entrepreneurship solve Africa’s development problems, and if so, how?
  • What should African governments do to make their economies more entrepreneurial?
  • Does a focus on entrepreneurship make African economies more or less vulnerable to external agendas?
  • Why are some countries more entrepreneurial than others?
  • What drives entrepreneurship in different contexts?
 
 
The aim of the Conference is to discuss the latest evidence coming both from within and outside the continent. It will bring together researchers from all over the world but especially from Africa to present and discuss their findings and explore the implications of researching entrepreneurship for economic strategies and policy practice. The Conference intends to provide a forum for researchers, development professionals, policy practitioners and the general public interested in entrepreneurship in Africa.
 
Submissions on the following topics (but not restricted to them) are welcome:
         Agriculture and entrepreneurship
         Culture and entrepreneurship
         Economic institutions and entrepreneurship
         Networking and entrepreneurship
         Gender and entrepreneurship
         Entrepreneurship and innovation
         Finance and entrepreneurship
         Global entrepreneurship and development indicators
         Law and entrepreneurship
 
We look forward to your contribution!
 
If you require further information on the Research Conference or have any other queries, please contact us at:Africarc@lse.ac.uk 
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