Call for Papers - African Economic Conference 2020

July 13, 2020

The 2020 African Economic Conference (AEC), jointly organized by African Development Bank, the Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Development Programme, will be held virtually from the 8th to the 10th of December.

Since its inception in 2006, the AEC series has fostered dialogue and the exchange of knowledge on a variety of issues and challenges facing Africa.

The theme of this year’s conference is: “Africa beyond COVID-19: acceleration towards inclusive sustainable development”.

Policy-oriented papers that are linked to the overall theme of the conference are of particular interest.

Submission Guidelines:

Interested authors should submit their papers here:

Only full papers addressing the theme of the conference will be considered for presentation. We also encourage the submission of policy-and-solution oriented papers with strong empirical work.  The conference shall give priority to solution-oriented papers.

Authors are kindly invited to submit their papers as per the schedule below.


Deadline Date

Deadline for paper submissions

11 September 2020

Notification of final acceptance

26 October 2020

Participants registration opens

October 2020

Conference dates  

8 – 10 December 2020

Young African female and male researchers are especially encouraged to submit their articles. One of the objectives of the AEC series is to provide young African researchers with the opportunity not only to share their work with a broader audience, but also to expand their networks.

Review Process:

All the papers will be professionally peer reviewed through a blind review process by the co-organizing institutions. Only original quality work shall be accepted for presentation.

A distinguished panel will assess the papers presented and award a prize to a young author whose paper is deemed the best conference paper. The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony.


Authors will be requested to indicate whether they require support to cover expenses (travel, accommodation and daily subsistence allowance) associated with their participation at the conference. Only one author per paper accepted for presentation will be eligible for sponsorship. Support is reserved mainly for presenters and young researchers from Africa.

The full Concept Note can be downloaded here.