PA Research and SSC for the achievement of the SDGs in the Arab Region: MENAPAR Annual Conference IV

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Call for Papers MENAPAR is pleased to announce its annual conference to be held from October 28th – 31st, 2019 in the beautiful town of Ifrane, Morocco in local partnership with the Al-Akhawayn University. This year’s theme will contribute to knowledge building in “Public Administration Research and South-South Cooperation for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Arab Region.”

South-South cooperation is a manifestation of solidarity among developing countries, geographically referred to as the Global South, that contributes to their national well-being, their national and collective self-reliance and the attainment of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. SSC is a broad framework of collaboration among these countries in the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains. Involving two or more developing countries, it can take place on a bilateral, regional, intraregional or interregional basis. Developing countries share knowledge, skills, expertise, and resources to meet their development goals through concerted efforts. In the last decades, South-South Cooperation has grown dramatically in both volume and geographic reach and continues to gain momentum with the United Nations Second High-level Conference on South-South Cooperation, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Buenos Aires SSC Plan of Action (BAPA + 40 Conference).

As an alternative and distinct modality of cooperation among countries, SSC offers Arab countries, all 22 of which belong to the Global South, a prodigious opportunity to collaborate on a regional public administration, public management and public governance agenda with the goal of achieving the SDGs, furthering environmental, social and economic development for the Arab region.

This call invites researchers, practitioners, PhD students and academicians to contribute papers, best practices, and advanced PhD theses that highlight the status and identify the current gaps in SSC vis-à-vis PA and the SDG spaces in the Arab region.

Background and Rationale for this Year’s Theme

“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet” in a global partnership with both developed and developing countries (the Global South). As a regional member of the Global South, MENAPAR’s vision of creating “a highly developed Arab region via sound public administration” is aptly aligned with this global mandate. MENAPAR also recognizes the dramatic growth in South-South Cooperation (SSC) as an essential modality to further the global developmental agenda. As a “public administration research for human development” think tank, with focused priority areas for the next 4 years (2019 – 2022), MENAPAR dedicates its 2019 conference to knowledge production in the essential SSC space to enable effective and efficient public administration for all in the Arab region, leaving no one behind.

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