2018 Annual IAABD Conference
 /  2018 Annual IAABD Conference


The 2018 International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD) annual conference to be hosted by the Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL), University of South Africa, welcomes papers from scholars, graduate students, managers and policy makers on issues relevant to Africa’s business and development. The conference aims at facilitating multi-disciplinary research by stimulating collaborations between Africa-based researchers and their counterparts around the world, by broadening and deepening global understanding of various issues relevant to Africa’s business and development, as well as advancing possible solutions to some of her challenges.


Chapter 8 of the 2015 African Development Bank (ADB) – African Development Report, acknowledges that Africa has made considerable progress in poverty reduction since the mid – 1990s, and the region’s (per capita GDP) growth shows an upward trend. This performance is a reversal of the trend in the previous 15 years, when growth was anaemic. The upward trend in growth translates to significant poverty reduction, but this is not true of all countries.Worsening income distribution is the major culprit for most countries experiencing deepening poverty levels. As possible solutions the ADB advocates for polices to enhance income growth and distribution.

The 2015 Africa Progress Panel (APP) report provides seminar work on what Africa needs to address to realize ‘Sustainable development and self – reliance’. There are strong indications to suggest that African Governments have failed to convert the wealth created by economic growth into opportunities to facilitate a better future for all. Time has come to set a course towards more inclusive growth and fairer societies.

According to APP, African governments urgently need to ensure that economic growth does not just create wealth for some, but improves the wellbeing of the majority. This requires strengthened focus on Africa’s greatest and most productive assets, farms and fisheries. Further, to support transformative growth the APP calls for effective protection, management and mobilization of the continent’s vast ocean, mineral and forest resources.

Placing Africa on a transformative pathway requires investing in inclusive growth, with infrastructure as one of the priorities. No continent has less-developed road networks and energy systems than Africa, changing this requires significant up-front capital spending, prefaced by the development of bankable proposals and emergence of new business models. Part of the problem is a failure to invest sufficiently in building the capacity of African governments to develop infrastructure projects. Africa’s financial systems are another constraint on growth identified by the APP. Only one in five Africans have an account at a formal financial institution, with the poor, rural dwellers and women facing the greatest disadvantage. Such financial exclusion undermines opportunities for poverty reduction and boosting growth that benefits all. Lack of access to insurance forces African farmers to divert their meagre savings into contingency funds for emergencies, rather than invest in productivity improvements. Similarly, the lack of access to institutional loans does precludes them from responding to market opportunities.

The APP report documents some of the great development challenges facing Africa that willnot be easy to overcome. Yet, it argues that Africa’s political leaders, entrepreneurs, farmers and civil society have an unparalleled opportunity to transform their countries. If this generation seizes this opportunity, they will be recorded in history for eradicating poverty. It sets out a broad-based agenda for change premised on the following five core principles:

  1. Sharing the wealth:

Inclusive growth and expanded opportunity are essential to eradicate poverty.

African governments should set equity targets linked to the post-2015 development goals focusing on narrowing gaps in opportunity. For example, halving over five years the disparities in school attendance, child survival and access to basic services linked to rural-urban divides, wealth gaps and gender divisions. Strengthening the commitment to inclusive growth demands an expansion of social protection, including cash transfers to the poor. Divert some of the 3 per cent regional GDP devoted to energy subsidies into well-designed social protection programmes.


  1. Investing in Africa’s unique green revolution:

African governments, the private sector and the global community must work together to invest in Africa’s unique green revolution.

The promotion of sustainable consumption and environmental sustainability should be high a priority. Doubling Africa’s agricultural productivity within five years is feasible, and the African Union states that Africa can end hunger and malnutrition and become a major player in global food markets, by unleashing the potential of sustainable agriculture and aquaculture to provide food, jobs and export earnings. To unlock financing for agriculture African governments need to act on their pledge to spend at least 10 per cent of their budgets on agriculture, and create the right market conditions. Promote import substitution to cut Africa’s US$35 billion food import bill via the reduction of tariffs and non-tariff barriers to regional trade, eliminate transport cartels, and develop marketing infrastructure.


  1. Taking the profit out of plunder:

Sustainably manage Africa’s resources for the benefit of Africa’s people.

National and regional action alone is inadequate, integration with the rest of the world is essential at multiple levels. The international community must develop multilateral systems that prevent the plunder of Africa’s resources.


  1. Closing the twin deficit in infrastructure and inclusive finance:

African governments must close the twin deficit in infrastructure and inclusive finance.

The lack of finance and infrastructure is a bottleneck on growth and opportunity. Regional cooperation on energy and transport is vital in order to achieve economies of scale in infrastructure projects. Governments should support the development of mobile banking and e-commerce to overcome financial exclusion, building on successes such as M-PESA in Kenya. Development finance institutions should work with the private sector to foster more balanced perceptions of risk.


  1. Making tax and finance more fair and transparent:

Strengthened domestic resource mobilization holds the key to financing for inclusive growth, with African governments investing in efficient and equitable tax collection.

Governments should transparently publish all tax exemptions granted to corporate entities, both domestic and foreign. Publish the estimated cost of the tax exemption along with the reasons for the exemption and the principle beneficiaries.


The international community must step up efforts to combat tax evasion. Multinational corporations operating in Africa should fully disclose their financial operations and tax payments. Governments should accelerate the automatic exchange of tax information and build Africa’s capacity to benefit from this information. All governments, including those of financially secretive jurisdictions, should establish public registries of beneficial ownership of companies and trusts. Multinational corporations can lead the way by publishing a full list of their subsidiaries, as well as information on global revenues, profits and taxes paid across different jurisdictions.

The international community should deliver on its aid pledge – going a step further by cutting the cost of remittances. The G8 should work with African governments to cut the cost of remittance transfers to a maximum of 5 per cent curtailing restrictive business practices by money transfer operators, strengthening competition, and creating incentives for the development of low-fee mobile remittance payments.


This year the International African Academy for Business and Development (IAABD) takes a leaf from Kofi Annan, the Chairperson of Africa Progress Panel (APP) by stating – We must seize this opportunity now’.


The APP work cannot be left in government offices across the continent to gather dust; hence, the theme of the 2018 conference highlights the need to establish the fundamentals for more inclusive and sustainable growth, converting the wealth created by economic growth into opportunities that all Africans can exploit to build better livelihoods. In addition to the five practical actions recommended by the APP above, the conference encourages papers and discussions on transferable lessons in development from other countries around the world. Special sessions on successful strategies used by global companies, academic institutions and organizations are highly encouraged.

  1. Full papers should be submitted electronically to the IAABD submission portal in Microsoft Word by January 27, 2018. Abstracts and proposals for special sessions should be submitted electronically to the IAABD submission portal in Microsoft Word by February 05, 2018.

  2. Full papers should not be longer than 10 single-spaced pages (Times New Roman, font 11), including the title, tables, figures, appendices, references, and other illustrative materials.

  3. All papers should have an abstract (maximum of 200 words), as well as an Introduction. Each paper should indicate the title of the paper, author(s)’ names institutional affiliation and email addresses.

  4. To make your paper ready for publishing in the IAABD Conference Proceedings use a Paper template. The IAABD paper template available below includes all the styles that you will need and has been locked in order to limit you to those styles. For example if you paste text from another document, the inserted text will automatically be converted to ‘Normal’ style; Times New Roman 11, with 6pt spacing after the paragraph. You may then want to apply the styles provided within the template. Use single column, one-inch margins ( 1”) all-round: Top, bottom, left, and right . References and citations should be prepared as described in the pdf document entitled ‘ GUIDE TO PREPARING PAPERS FOR SUBMISSION TO IAABD CONFERENCES’ available (here)

  5. Use the IAABD paper template avaialble (here). Any paper, which is written without using the paper template, will not be published in the conference proceedings. All full
    papers will be peer reviewed and selected papers will be included on the Proceedings CD and considered for the Conference Best Paper Awards.

  6. Completed IAABD paper templates that are ready for submission can be submitted by clicking (here).

Special Sessions

Those interested in organizing a special session should prepare a description of its overall purpose and include the abstracts of the different contributions. A special session should have at least three (3) contributors. In addition, proposals must state the purpose, format and names of contributors. All special session proposals should be submitted to the Special Session Track.

Graduate Students papers

Graduate students are encouraged to submit their papers to Track 10: Graduate Student Paper. This track will provide graduate students with the opportunity to share their work with current and future colleagues. Attending the conference will provide participating students with the opportunity to network with many of today’s leading scholars.  Graduate student’s papers will be considered for Graduate student best paper awards.

Papers Submitted Under Track 8

Authors of selected papers will be invited to revise their papers for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Micromarketing on micromarketing in the African continent.


NOTE: Full papers, abstracts, and special session proposals should be submitted directly to the 2018 conference submission portal. Authors who are uncertain of the appropriate track for their papers should contact the Program Chair: Dr ‘Tunji Gbadamosi, University of East London, UK.  Final revised papers/abstracts should be sent back to relevant Track Chair by respective authors and it is the Track Chairs who will send final reviewed papers to the Proceedings editor.


TRACK 1 Accounting, Finance, and Investment Pat Obi, Purdue University, North West, USA


TRACK 2 International Aid, Economic Policies

and Strategies

Jacob Musila, Athabasca University, Canada

Email: jacobm@athabascau.ca

TRACK 3 Entrepreneurship, Small Business and the Informal Sector Norma Juma, Washburn University, USA


TRACK 4 Exporting, Internationalization and

Foreign Direct Investment

Emmanuel Cleeve, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Email: e.cleeve@mmu.ac.uk

TRACK 5 Public Policy and Health Care


Ayantunji   Gbadamosi, University of East London, UK

Email: A.Gbadamosi@uel.ac.uk

TRACK 6 Human Resources Management

and Organizations

Moses Acquaah, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, USA


TRACK 7 Sustainability, Business Ethics, Law and Social Responsibility Judy Muthuri, Nottingham University, UK


TRACK 8 Marketing and Consumer Behavior Aihie Osarenkhoe, University of Gavle, Sweden


TRACK 9 Operations and Logistics/Supply Chain/Project Management (including infrastructure development) Pantaleo Rwelamila, University of South Africa


TRACK 10 Graduate Student Papers Simon Sigue, Athabasca University, Canada


TRACK 11 Research Methods Kofi Q. Dadzie, Georgia State University, USA


TRACK 12 Special Sessions (e.g., China-India Africa relationships, Training the next generation of Scholars in the African diaspora; transferrable corporate experiences in emerging markets, etc.) Zelealem Yiheyis, Clark Atlanta University, USA


TRACK 13 Track 13: The Path to Local and

Community Development

Italo Trevisan, University of Trento, Italy



Registration fees below include a $60 annual IAABD membership fee for participants outside Africa and a $30 annual IAABD membership fee for participants based in Africa. Also included are a single paper in the proceedings, coffee breaks, and receptions.

Registration fees (U.S. dollars)
Based in Africa Outside Africa
Student Regular Student Regular
April 10, 2018 $220 $330 $275 $385
After April 10, 2018 $275 $407 $330 $462
Optional for all delegates
A Day Excursion will be organized closer to the conference date.
Optional Accompanying Person
Activity Charge
Each breakfast $10
Each lunch $20
Each evening reception $30
Awards banquet $30


The registration fees and all other fees MUST be paid either by Paypal, US cheque, Wire transfer or Cash, if payment is made in Durban. Early registration means that one must have completed the registration form and made payment before April 10, 2018.


Registration fees are payable via PayPal, U.S. cheque and Wire transfer. To register for the conference, please click the button below.


Conference Registration


Conference Program 


Conference Proceedings


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For inquiries on membership fees and conference registration fees, please contact VP for Finance and Treasurer: Dr Richard Hayes at .


For other or unresolved matters, kindly contact the Program Chair: Dr ‘Tunji Gbadamosi, University of East London, UK. .


Conference Chair Prof. PD Rwelamila, Graduate School of Business Leadership,

University of South Africa, RSA


Program Chair Dr Ayantunji Gbadamosi, University of East London, UK.


Proceedings Editor Prof. P D Rwelamila:


Conference Organizing Committee:

  • Dr. Ayantunji Gbadamosi – IAABD Program Chair, University of East London, UK
  • Prof. P D Rwelamila – Conference Chair, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Ms. Cynthia Songo – Conference Logistics & LOC Administrative Matters, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Mr. Ozias Ncube – Conference Funding, Sponsorship and Budgeting, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Ms. Sanele Nhlabatsi – Conference Funding (External), Stakeholder Engagement & Publicity, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Ms. Nthabiseng Motloi, Conference Funding (Internal) & Research Related Funding, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Prof. Neha Purushottam – Conference Engagement, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Prof. Douglas Boateng, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Prof. Andre van der Poll, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Prof. Angelo Nicolaides, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Prof IM Ambe , Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain, Transport, Tourism & Logistics, UNISA
  • Prof. GE Chiloane -Tsoka, Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain, Transport, Tourism & Logistics, UNISA
  • Mr Moroka Kaotsane, Director :Supply Chain Management – Performance, City of Tshwane
  • Ms. Miliswa Zungu – Deputy Director: Finance, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Ms. Cristal Peterson – Deputy Director: Communication & Marketing, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Ms. Cilla Boucher – Communication & Marketing, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Ms. Thina Gwiliza – Communication & Marketing, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Prof. PD Rwelamila – IAABD Proceedings Editor, University of South Africa


Hotel rooms at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani (Conference Venue) and other hotels, Durban, Kwazulu Natal Province have been blocked for guests attending the 2018 annual conference of the International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD) at a discounted rate of R1440 (all-suite, breakfast included). Rooms are available from 12 May 2018 for guests who are arriving early. Room rates are limited to a number of rooms and so early booking is advisable.


Kindly note below free sell link for the delegates to make reservations online and they can confirm their reservations with payment online as well.

Click here for accommodation bookings 


Reservations can be made by calling +27 31 492 4001. Kindly quote the reference numbers per hotel as indicated:

  • Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani (Conference Venue) – Ref. 1260354 – Rate R1440 (4 Star)
  • Suncoast Hotel & Towers – Ref. 1260357 – Rate R1400 (5 Star)
  • Garden Court Marine Parade – Ref. 1254691 – Rate R1267 (3 Star)
  • Garden Court South Beach – Ref. 1260355 – Rate R1016 (3 Star)Delegates who choose to send through email request, can send it directly to:


About the SBL

The UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) is committed to shaping leaders and managers for the future. The school has a deep passion for leadership development in both the private and the public sector. In 2019 the SBL will celebrate 50 years as one of the leading business schools in South Africa and on the African continent.The school graduates up to 400 students per year on its flagship programme the Master of Business Leadership. It has illustrious alumni who include managers and leaders who are playing a pivotal role in decision-making positions both nationally and globally. The SBL’s unique hybrid tuition model predominantly distance learning, combined with contact sessions and interactive group sessions – enhances the flexibility and accessibility of the school. The ever changing landscape of business shapes the development of programmes and research at the SBL, keeping its students at the forefront of trends and in the process nurturing leaders for the future.

Contact the SBL

University of South Africa (UNISA) Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL)

Telephone: +27 11 652 0214/0000

Fax: +27 11 652 0299


Website: www.unisa.ac.za/sbl

Postal Address: 

UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL)

PO Box 392, Unisa, 0003, South Africa

Physical Address: 

UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL)

Corner Janadel and Alexandra Avenues, Midrand, 1685, South Africa