The Free State Centre for Human Rights, University of the Free State in collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria and the National University of Lesotho present the Fourth International Conference on the Right to Development on the thematic of ‘Right to Development and Illicit Financial Flows from Africa’. The conference will bring together experts from various fields, including academics, emerging researchers, practitioners and policy designers to explore the issue of the right to development and illicit financial flows from a critical, interdisciplinary, and contextually engaged perspectives.

Download Call for Abstracts

Free State Centre for Human Rights welcome's contributions that focus on the following sub-themes or any related themes:

  • The impacts of illicit financial flows on the realisation of the right to development;
  • Transnational crimes and the right to development in Africa;
  • Multinational corporations, illicit financial flows and the right to development in Africa;
  • Illicit financial flows, Agenda 2063 and the right to development in Africa;
  • The UN Convention against corruption, illicit financial flows and the right to development in Africa;
  • The AU Convention Against Corruption, illicit financial flows and the right to development in Africa.

The two-day virtual conference is scheduled to take place on Monday 01 and Tuesday 02 November 2021. There will be opportunities for individual and /or group presentations, organised in various panels. Contributions will be considered for an edited volume or special issue to be published in an accredited and peer-reviewed scholarly journal in early 2022.


The economic performance of the African continent for the past few years features among the most competitive economies in the world. One would have expected this performance to bring about social-economic change, allowing people to achieve their human potential attached to the idea of development but this has not been the case. Development is a broad concept, for not only does it include sound economic performance and fair distribution of benefits, but it also requires the improvement of living conditions of individual citizens through the provision of quality, accessible and affordable healthcare services, housing, infrastructure and education—key areas for human capital development. The gap between recent economic achievements on the continent and its state of generalised underdevelopment coupled with rampant poverty, corruption, prolonged economic crisis and political instabilities signals an issue with resource allocations and inequities in distribution.


Individual presentations: Submit a short abstract of no more than 300 words and a short CV/bio (150 words) to Gerard Kamga at kamdemkamgage@ufs.ac.za before or on 10 September 2021 Notification of accepted abstracts and panels for the conference: 24 September 2021Online Conference: 01-02 November 2021 Submission of full selected papers for double-blind peer-review: 23 December 2021

Important Notice

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions, the conference will unfold in a virtual format.



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