The conference program was packed with an energizing mix of large-group speakers, breakout sessions, and networking time.See below for the full agenda and to download speaker presentations. Note: All presentations are copyright protected by their authors and should not be reproduced without the speaker’s consent. Please click on the speaker’s name to download their presentation. OR Click here for  the full list of presentations available.

Opening Session: Purpose and Direction Chair: Prof. Henrietta J.A.N. Mensa-Bonsu, Director Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy
09:00-10:15 Opening Welcome P. V. Obeng, Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission of Ghana
Goodwill Messages
  • Mogens Jensen – Danish Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation (by video)
  • Lebogang Motlana, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre, Addis Ababa
  • Takyiwaa Manuh, Director, Social Development Policy Division, and Representative of the Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • Corinne Woods, Director, United Nations Millennium Campaign
  • Nicholas Alipui, Director of Programmes, UNICEF
  • Karin Andersson, Head of Regional Development Cooperation, Swedish International
  • Development Cooperation Agency
Formal Opening Address His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana
10:15-10:45 Cultural Interlude
Dialogue One: Africa Inequalities in the Global Development Agenda – Past, Present and Future Chair: Honourable Hannah Tetteh Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional integration, Government of Ghana
10:45-13:00 High Level Panel Discussion on Inequality
  • H.E. Martin Sajdik, President, Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
  • Hon. Sen. Anyang’ Nyong’o, Senator, Kisumu County and SG, ODM Party, Kenya
  • Amina Mohammed, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Agenda
13:00-14:00 Lunch
Dialogue Two: Understanding African Inequalities: Structures, Drivers and Determinants Chair: Honourable Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Government of Ghana
14:00-14:45 Framing Speech: Why structural transformation is important for Africa’s equitable development agenda, Africa 2063 Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Director-General, Coordinator for Economic and Social Development, Food and Agriculture Organization
14:45-16:15 14:45-16:15 Understanding economic, social, political and spatial inequalities in the context of structural transformation Objective: Build common understanding on (a) the different domains of inequalities (b) the politics/power struggle context in which they unfold (c) the data challenge they generate Chair: H.E. Anthony Mothae Maruping, Commissioner, Economic Affairs, African Union Commission

  • Alex Cobham, Research Fellow, Centre for Global Development
  • H.E. Bamba Ngaladjo, Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Cote d’Ivoire
  • Layla Saad, Deputy Director, World Centre for Sustainable Development
16:15-17:45 Country Experiences and Perspectives Objective: build common understanding of multiple dimensions of inequality in the context of structural transformation by learning from country experiences and perspectives Moderated plenary discussion to highlight country experiences:

  • Ethiopia: Abbi Kedir, Economist and Researcher, Ethiopia
  • Ghana: Eric Osei-Assibey, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Ghana
  • Kenya: Jeremiah Owiti, Political Scientist and Researcher, Centre for Independent Research, Kenya
  • Mauritius: Sheila Bunwaree, Department of Social Studies, University of Mauritius.
  • Nigeria: Ademola Ariyo, Department of Economics, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • South Africa: Babatunde Omilola, Economic Advisor, UNDP South Africa
19:00 Welcome Dinner (Banquet Hall, State House)

 

Dialogue Three: Lessons in Addressing Inequalities in Africa Chair: Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, Economic Advisor to the President of Ghana
OPENING PLENARY
8:30-10:30 Review of Day One
Framing Statement: Lessons, Possibilities and Options What has worked, what hasn’t & why? Thandika Mkandawire, Chair in African Development, London School of Economics
Perspectives from the Africa and sharing of experiences from other regions Chair: H.E. Saran Daraba Kaba, Secretary General, Mano River Union

  • Juma V. Mwapachu, Former Secretary General, East African Community and President, Society for International Development
  • Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary, African Capacity Building Foundation
  • Hon. Seth Adjei Baah, President of the Executive Council, West Block, Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI)
  • Tatiana Britto, Advisor, Legislative Advisory Board, Senate of Brazil
10:30-10:45
10:45-12:30 10:45-12:30 PARALLEL PANEL ON STRUCTURAL (ECONOMIC AND SPATIAL) INEQUALITIES IN AFRICA
  • Macroeconomic Policies for Inclusive Growth and Transformation
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:45 Framing Statement: Beyond Averages: The critical importance of data for tracking progress and evidence based policies Chair: Ebrima Sall, Executive Secretary, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa

  • Pali Lehohla, Statistician General of South Africa, and Chairman, Statistical Commission of Africa
  • Lebogang Motlana, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre, Addis Ababa
  • Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, Director of Monitoring and Research Division, UN-HABITAT
  • Adriana Conconi, Senior Fellow, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, Oxford
15:45-16:00 BREAK
16:00-18:00 PARALLEL PANEL SESSIONS ON SOCIAL AND POLITICAL INEQUALITIES IN AFRICA
  • Measuring Progress
  • Pali Lehohla, Statistician General of South Africa, and Chairman, Statistical Commission of Africa
18:00-20:00

Dialogue Four: Policy Actions for Tackling Inequalities in Africa Chair: Honourable Seth Terkper, Minister of Finance, Government of Ghana
08:30-9:30 Recap — Outcomes of Parallel Sessions by Discussants from Day 2revolution
9:30-10:45 Identifying the Policy Actions toMove Forward the Global, AfricaEquitable development agenda  Chair: Rita Matovu, Chairperson, Equal Opportunities Commission, Uganda

  • Hon. Sen. Billow Kerrow, Senator, Mandera County and Chair, Finance, Commerce & Economic Affairs Committee, Kenya
  •  Takyiwaa Manuh, Director, Social Development Policy Division, UNECA
  •  Neil Pierre, Chief, Policy Coordination Branch, Department for Economic and Social Affairs,United Nations
  • H. E. Anthony Mothae Maruping, Commissioner of Economic Affairs, African Union Commission
10:45-11:00  
11:00-12:30 PARALLEL PANEL SESSIONS ONPOLICIES AND STRATEGIES FOR ANEQUITABLE BALANCEDTRANSFORMATION AGENDA
  • Economic Inclusion and Equity (Committee Hall 1)
  • Social Inclusion, Social Protection and Equity (Committee Hall 2)
  • Political Inclusion and Equity
  • Kouglo Lawson Body-Politiques Economiques Inclusives
12:30-14:00 Lunch
 14:00-15:30  Aligning political leverage,knowledge and social mobilization:Strategies and political action topromote the new agenda  Chair: Yao Graham, Director, Third World Network Africa

  • Seth Tekper , Minister of Finance, Ghana
  • Lindiwe Faith Mokate, Commissioner, Children and Basic Education Portfolio, South Africa
  • Human Rights Commission  Kwesi Adu-Amankwah, President, International Trade Union Congress
  • Nancy Alexander, Program Director, Economic Governance, Heinrich Boll Foundation
  •  Hon. Sen. Anyang’ Nyong’o, Senator, Kisumu County and SG, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Kenya
 15:30-17:00  Closing Plenary on “the AccraDeclaration” Contribution to post-2015  Chair – Sulley Gariba, Senior Policy Adviser, Office of the President
 17:00-18:00  Closing SpeechClosing Ceremony  Keynote Speech by: Lord Paul Boateng. Former Treasury Secretary, United Kingdom, and Former UK HighCommissioner to South Africa

His Excellency Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana

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