Call for Abstracts (Poverty, Inequality and Social Development)
Poverty and inequality are longstanding social challenges, greatly increased by the
global Covid-19 pandemic, and overlaid with other social, economic and political
crises, mass population movements, racial injustice, the digital divide, and climate
change. This combination of circumstances has had devastating impacts on people’s
everyday lives and their livelihoods in different parts of the globe, an impact which is
unparalleled in modern history. How governments, societies and social development
actors respond to this conjuncture will shape the direction of social development and
human development outcomes for years to come.
Despite significant global advances in societies and commitment to the Sustainable
Development Goals, the poverty and inequality fault lines are unlikely to be redrawn
or removed unless bold new and innovative solutions are developed, implemented
and evaluated based on the best available scientific knowledge. The 22nd Biennial
Conference of the ICSD in 2021 will bring together practitioners, researchers, students,
communities, organizations and policy makers to think deeply and carefully about the
challenges we face, critically appraise past responses and advance new and novel ways
of responding to these difficult challenges. The intention is to promote more inclusive
and engaged societies, human rights and further social and economic justice.
We call for papers that bring together these ideas and actions that are novel solutions
to the social challenges of our times. All kinds of innovation will be considered whether
they be methodological, social, technological or organizational, are of local relevance,
and/or have the potential for large scale replication. Lessons learnt from the adoption
and implementation of evidence-based solutions as well as how politics and questions of
good governance shape social development outcomes are pertinent to this call. Learning
across disciplines and forging partnerships for social change and finding solutions that
are contextually appropriate as well as critique of current solutions, are welcome.
Against this background, we invite abstracts for papers and poster presentations, and
proposals for sessions to be presented or convened at the 22nd Biennial Conference of
the International Consortium for Social Development under the theme
Poverty, Inequality and Social Development Innovations around the World.
Deadline for abstract for papers/ session proposal submissions: 30 November 2020
Please submit abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the conference will most likely be held as a hybrid (in-person and
online) conference with the option to move completely online if necessary.
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