Combating Systemic Corruption in Africa

A Panel on Combating Systemic Corruption in Africa: What Options?
as part of the 15th Annual International Conference on Politics
12-15 June 2017, Athens, Greece

Sponsored by the  Athens Journal of Social Sciences

The Social Sciences Division  of ATINER will hold A Panel on Combating Systemic Corruption in Africa: What Options? as part of the 15th Annual International Conference on Politics, 12-15 June 2017, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences.

The fact and reality of systemic corruption in Africa is irrefutable. It is therefore not surprising that the subject has attracted quite a great deal of attention from the academia. Thus, to assert that corruption is the greatest impediment to the socio-political and economic development of Africa is a superfluous understatement and a mere reinstatement of the obvious. Across Africa, incredibly huge sums of money sufficient to conduct free, fair and credible elections, equip the military and the police for optimum performance, revolutionize agriculture, rejuvenate education, resuscitate infrastructures, reinvigorate the economy, revamp the industrial sector and achieve scientific and technological emancipation end up in private vaults and pockets. The consequences of this are impaired economy, immobile technology, fractured infrastructures, ill equipped armed forces, unmitigated poverty and unprecedented brigandage and banditry.

Corruption is the hallmark of most African states and the greatest barrier to prosperity, economic competitiveness and development, and political and social stability of African countries. The key question now is not whether corruption should be combated but how it could effectively be combated. Indeed, in the 34-point communiqué issued at the end of the Anti-Corruption Summit held recently in London, world leaders agreed that tackling corruption is vital to sustaining economic stability and growth, maintaining security of societies, protecting human rights, reducing poverty, protecting the environment for future generations and combating organized crime. The purpose of this call is to examine the best way(s) of combating systemic corruption in Africa.

You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair or/and organizer of a session, or observer.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 15 April 2017 to: Dr. Emmanuel Oladipo Ojo, Academic Member, ATINER & Senior Lecturer and Acting Head, Department of History & International Studies, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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