The AUC International Conference for Research on African Challenges (ICRAC), No Poverty

Poverty is among the major problems discussed globally, and Africa is the continent that suffers the most. Many of the disciplines within the social sciences and several outside the social sciences have incorporated poverty as a research topic. Congregating all those topics under one platform create undeniable significance and can pave the road towards a concrete applicable solution to that problem. Moreover, it provides the opportunity to further interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research in this important area that constructs novel methodologies which abridge some steps towards faster and more effective solutions.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is a good collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations in 2015 are broad and somewhat interdependent, yet each has a separate list of targets to achieve. Achieving all 169 targets would signal to accomplish all 17 goals. The SDGs cover social and economic development issues including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, urbanization, environment and social justice.

Throughout its history, American University in Cairo (AUC) has balanced a strong commitment to liberal arts education with a concern for the region's needs for practical applications and professional specializations. Today, AUC offers 36 undergraduate, 44 master’s and two PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourages students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world. Acknowledging its responsibility as one of the leading universities in Africa, guided by the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and being the global university in Egypt, The AUC decided to take the initiative of hosting an annual peer-reviewed international conference with a generic theme of “Research on African Challenges” and specific themes that alternates biannually and that ensures that:

  • Its importance is recognized at an international level
  • The theme is cross-disciplinary so as to encourage full participation across disciplines as well as multidisciplinary research

The topic chosen for this year is "NO POVERTY."  This conference is intended to be a platform where different disciplines discuss methods combating poverty and provide solutions. It provides an opportunity for researchers, policy makers and NGOs to meet and present their work as well as extend their networks and reach practical solutions to commonly identified problems.

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