A JOINT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS
THEME: INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – ENVISIONING WEALTH FOR ALL
The Malawi Vision 2020, which is the national long-term development plan for the country, was developed and launched in 1998 to provide a guide towards sustainable national development. With less than 1 year remaining to the expiry of the Malawi Vision 2020, the country needs to take stock of the extent to which the Vision has been met, the challenges encountered, and develop a successor vision that will define inclusive and sustainable development pathways based on solid evidence of what works for Malawi. In light of this, the National Planning Commission (NPC) which has the mandate to craft the medium and long term plans for the country including overseeing their implementation, is collaborating with the Economics Association of Malawi (ECAMA), the International Food Policy Research Institute(IFPRI) and University of Malawi (UNIMA) in organizing a research symposium that will provide a platform for sharing well researched evidence of inclusive and sustainable development pathways for the country with the aim of creating wealth for all and by all in the successor Vision.
Objective of this call for papers
The objective of this call is to seek empirical and/or policy oriented research papers that will directly inform the country’s task of developing an evidence-based successor to the Vision 2020.
The theme should be considered along any one of the following sub-thematic areas:
1. Sustainable economic development
2. Human capital and social development
3. Sustainable environment
4. Governance, peace and security
5. Sustainable Agriculture
Proposed Structure of papers
It is expected that each paper will have the following structure:
Title of the study: topical issues drawing from the sub-thematic areas in the context of inclusive and sustainable development pathways for the country with the aim of creating wealth for all and by all in the successor Vision;
Background: the context of the research underlining the issues that necessitate investigation,existing gaps of knowledge that the research paper attempts to fill, stating clearly the problem/issue being investigated;
Objective(s): a clear statement of the specific research objective/s, the issues addressed or to be addressed. The Research questions or hypothesis that the paper attempts to answer;
Existing knowledge: a review of the relevant literature, and previous research on the issue under study including data, methodological approach, scope, parameters, and results among others. Also highlighting the existing policies on the research topic;
Methodology: a description of the research methodology including econometric and/or survey tools where applicable, a discussion of data requirements, sources,availability and data analysis tools and methods used and, where necessary,data collection strategy;
Results/Findings:a succinct discussion of the research findings and how they compare to findings of similar studies; and
Policy Implications: a detailed discussion of the value added to existing knowledge, and the policy relevance, including emerging issues/areas for future research and policy debate.
Extended abstracts and full papers are now invited under the above different thematic areas. The successful authors will be invited to make presentations at the Third Joint Research Symposium proposed to be held on 18th and 19th September 2019 in Lilongwe, Malawi. Selected papers will be peer reviewed and considered for publication in the flagship publication of the collaborating institutions.
Submit draft full papers or extended abstracts by 20 July 2019. Notification for acceptance of papers or extended abstracts will be sent by 31 July 2019, and submission of final papers to be done by 20 August 2019
Please submit in electronic form by email the extended abstracts and papers in Word to:
Email:firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com