[Call for Papers] 12th AFD International Conference on Development - Commons and Development


The 12th AFD International Conference on Development will be held in Paris, at AFD, on December 1-2, 2016.

Please note that the deadline for submissions has been postponed to Wednesday, July 1st, 2016.

Selected submissions will be announced by July 31, 2016. Final versions of papers must be submitted no later than October 31, 2016.

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers and their work and to stimulate dialogue at the intersection between commons and development dynamics on an international scale through recourse to a variety of analytical frameworks and disciplines. What do commons teach us in terms of development impacts on countries of the South? How can we understand commons in terms of actors, legal models, and indicators? How can we describe commons in terms of interactions with the public, the business sector, and political arenas? How do commons enrich our understanding of global public goods?

 This conference is organized in partnership with the Fondation pour les études et recherches sur le développement international (FERDI), the French Agricultural Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement (CRIOBE) and the French Research Institute for Development (IRD).

Opening remarks by Gaël Giraud, Chief Economist at AFD, CNRS, Paris, France. Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Jean-Michel Severino, CEO of Investisseurs & Partenaires, former General Manager of AFD (2001–2010), former member of the United Nations High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Chair of Convergences (a think tank);
  • Ravi Kanbur, Professor of Economics at Cornell University, former Chair of the World Development Report, former World Bank Chief Economist for the Africa Region;
  • Amy Dahan, Emeritus Director of Research at CNRS and Emeritus Member of the Alexandre Koyré Center (CNRS-EHESS);
  • Eduardo S. Brondizio, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, Co-Director of the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT), and member of the Advisory Board of the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University;
  • Chimère Diaw, Director General of the African Model Forest Network and member of the International Model Forest Network. 

[Call for papers] 9th international Conference on Migration and Development


The French Development Agency (AFD) Research Department, the World Bank Development Research Group (DECRG) and the Migration Policy Center of the European University Institute (MPC-EUI) are jointly organizing the 9th International Conference on “Migration and Development”, which is to be held at the Migration Policy Center, European University Institute, in Florence, June 13-14, 2016. Submissions of full papers are expected by January 15, 2016.


The conference is devoted to investigating ways in which international migration affects economic and social change in developing countries. Possible topics include

  • the effects of migration on poverty, inequality, and human capital formation;
  • social networks and migration;
  • diaspora externalities;
  • remittances;
  • brain drain;
  • migration and institutional/technological change.

A selection of papers from the conference will be considered for a special issue of The Journal of Economic Geography.


Keynote speakers:

  • Massimo Livi-Bacci, University of Florence
  • Gianmarco Ottaviano, London School of Economics


Submission guidelines and timetable:

Submissions of full papers (.PDF files) are expected by January 15, 2016.
Submissions should be sent to . Decisions will be communicated by February 25, 2016. Travel (economy class) and accommodation in Florence for up to three nights will be covered.


Organizing Committee:

Cyrille Bellier (AFD), Rohen d’Aiglepierre (AFD), Philippe Fargues (MPC-EUI), Çağlar Özden (World Bank), Hillel
Rapoport (Paris School of Economics and MPC-EUI), Alessandra Venturini (University of Turin and MPC-EUI)


Scientific Committee:

Ran Abramitzky (Stanford), Michel Beine (Luxembourg), Michael Clemens (CGD), Patricia Cortes (Boston U), Juan Dolado (EUI), Hein de Haas (Amsterdam), Frederic Docquier (Louvain), Giovanni Facchini (Nottingham), Philippe Fargues (MPC-EUI), Andrea Ichino (EUI), Hubert Jayet (EQUIPPE, Lille), William Kerr (Harvard Business School), Victor Lavy (Warwick and Hebrew University), Anna-Maria Mayda (Georgetown), David McKenzie (World Bank), Çağlar Özden (World Bank), Hillel Rapoport (Chair, Paris School of Economics and MPCEUI), Imran Rasul (UCL), Dean Yang (University of Michigan).

Fifth International Conference on “Migration and Development


The French Development Agency (AFD) Research Department, the World Bank Development Research Group (DECRG) and the Center for Global Development (CDG) are jointly organizing the Fifth International Conference on “Migration and Development” that is to be held in Paris, June 28-29, 2012.

The conference is devoted to investigating channels through which international migration affects economic and social outcomes of developing countries. Topics include social networks and diaspora externalities, remittances, return migration, migration and the pattern of trade/FDI, brain drain, migration and institutional/technological change, migration and health, and the effect of emigration on poverty, inequality, and human capital formation in developing countries.

You will find here the program, the papers and logistical informations.

This conference is on invitation only.


Conference - Local Politics, Global Impacts: Steps to a Multi-Disciplinary Analysis of Scales


The University of Chicago and the French Development Agency are organizing a two and one half day conference to be held in Paris from 13th til 15th June 2012. This conference will be held at INALCO and Université Paris Diderot, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. The detailed program is available for download here.

One issue, several themes

Whether we consider climate change, transmissible diseases, financial crises or the protection of biodiversity, the comprehensive analysis of vital global issues suffers from deeply ingrained disciplinary boundaries. For instance, when considering regimes of global governance, scholars of International Relations still largely focus on big institutions, big summits and big deals: they provide a « macro » look at these issues while paying limited attention to sub-national actors and dynamics unless they affect international negotiations. In contrast, social scientists working within other disciplinary paradigms provide detailed accounts of how vested local interests and power games affect global issues in situ and have substantial impacts on the implementation of national policies and cooperation programs.  Yet, few of these scholars seem to deploy these fine-grained local data to enrich current thinking about global governance and relevant forms of international cooperation. 

In this context, the analysis of the global impacts of local politics and power relations remains a largely unexplored continent. This analytical domain is still not identified as a research area in its own right, even though it has the potential to engage a vast, multi-disciplinary research community. Social, economic and political research concerning interactions across local and global scales still lacks systematic analysis, conceptual tools and organized debates – notably among policy makers who might be constrained by concerns over national sovereignty. Nevertheless, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary research may reveal relevant global governance schemes yet to be imagined that would supplement, rather than challenge, national sovereignty. All of this argues for a renewed look at how domestic and international socio-economic and political actors interact recursively across scales, including the manner in which local politics is redefined by global actors and constraints.


Download the program of the conference



Contact persons:


The University of Chicago is a comprehensive research university with over 2000 full time faculty members working in the physical, biological and social sciences, the humanities, and the professional schools, including medicine, law and business.  The University counts 87 Nobel Laureates, including 8 current faculty members, among its multiple research and educational distinctions.

Go to the University of Chicago website


The French Development Agency (AFD) is France’s international cooperation agency. As a bilateral development bank, it works in over 70 countries providing, in 2010, close to 7 billion euros through various financing tools and across all economic and social sectors. Its Research Department produces and publishes research studies, organizes seminars and conferences, and participates actively in several international networks. One of its research programme (led by Olivier Charnoz) deals with the global impacts of local power relations. 

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