"Africa & Globalization - Learning from the Past, Enabling a Better Future" was the name of a UNU/UNESCO conference on Africa that took place on 28-29 September 2009, at UNU-headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. The conference emphasized the socio-economic and political problems and challenges globalization brings to the continent. The event was attended by many high-level researchers and politicians, among them were Prof. Konrad Osterwalder, Rector of United Nations University and Dr. Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNU-MERIT research-fellow Rishab Ghosh, took part in a session discussing IT in Africa and sustainable development. For programme details, please visit: unu.edu/globalization/
On October 9, 2009, the UNU-Rector, Prof. Konrad Osterwalder and the Senegalese Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Prof. Amadou Tidiane Ba, signed an agreement for the establishment of a United Nations University Institute in Dakar, Senegal, within two years from now. The new UNU institute, which will be the formal twinning structure for collaborative activities between UNU-MERIT and the Consortium pour la Recherche Economique et Sociale (CRES), Dakar, will undertake economic research activities related to innovation and accelerated and sustainable development. It will also provide training in the form of a doctoral-level academic program as well as policy-oriented modules for officials from both African and international administrations.
A short photo impression of the GLOBELICS 2009 DAKAR conference of October 6-8, 2009.
GLOBELICS (Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems) is an international network of scholars who apply the concept of "learning, innovation, and competence building system" (LICS) as their framework and are dedicated to the strengthening of LICS in developing countries, emerging economies and societies in transition. The research aims at locating unique systemic features as well as generic good practices to enlighten policy making relating to innovation, competence building, international competitiveness, regional development, labor market and human capital development. In an increasingly global and knowledge-based competition, management strategies need to be based upon an understanding of these framework conditions and the public policies which seek to regulate the environment.