The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences(FASS) of the Valley View University is organizing anInternational Conference on the theme: “Fostering Inclusiveness and  Partnerships for Sustainable Solutions to Africa’s Development Agenda: The Role of Government & Policy Makers, Universities, Industry& the Private Sector, Non-Governmental Organizations and the Community”. The Chair and Organizing Committee of the Conference is inviting abstract submissions on topical issues under the areas specified as follows:

  1. Culture, Tradition and Sustainable Development
  2. Decentralization, Local Governance and Development.
  3. Development and Environment.
  4. Research, Industry and Development.
  5. Religion, Environment and Sustainable Development.
  6. Technology, ICT and Sustainable Development.
  7. Urbanization, the Built Environment and Sustainable Development
  8. Population Growth and Sustainable Development.
  9. Research, Economic Growth and Sustainable Development
  10. Migration, Conflicts and Development
  11. The Non-Governmental Organizationsand Development


  1. Universities, Government and Industry
  2. Partnership, Participation, Inclusiveness and Sustainable Development
  3. Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality
  4. Globalization, Migration and Development
  5. Gender, Empowerment and Inclusiveness
  6. Leadership Governance and Development
  7. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Development
  8. Institutions, Economic Growth and Development
  9. Financial and Economic Governance
  10. Quality Education andSustainable Development
  11. Democracy, the Rule of Law and Development
  12. Sustainable Development challenges in Urban Areas (climate, water, natural resources, transportation etc.).
  13. Technological Solutions for Sustainable Development.
  14. Agriculture and Development.
  15. Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development.
  16. Corruption and Sustainable Development.
  17. Economic, Social and Political Participation
  18. ICT, Globalization and Development.
  19. Community Building and Sustainable Development.
  20. Traditional / Indigenous Solutions for Sustainable Development.

The above themes are by no means exhaustive; other topics relevant to the theme are welcome. We are especially interested in new research that addresses emerging issues related to the central theme. The Conference will include an opening ceremony to be attended by the President of the Republic of Ghana and closing ceremonies.

Instructions for submitting an Abstract

You are invited to submit an abstract at the conference website The abstract should not be more than 250 words and should highlight objectives, methodology and findings. Conceptual and theoretical papers will also be accepted. If you wish to be a discussant, kindly indicate this in your submission.

The submission must contain the Title of the Paper, Name (s), Department(s), Institution(s), and Email Address(s) of the corresponding author.

Conference Participants should note that selected full Papers not exceeding fifteen (15) pages shall be published in the West Africa Journal of Social Sciences and Regional Development.

Poster Presentation; Posters are accepted at this conference. Dimensions are 90cm (width) by 200cm (height)

Conference Fees

Participation/ Presenters


Early Bird




VVU  Participants


GH 200

GH 250


GH 120

GH 150

OtherLocal Participants


GH 300

GH 350


GH 150

GH 200

International Participants


$ 250






NB: For visits to the Cape Coast Castle and Kakum National Park, participants would pay an additional GH 150.00 and $100.00 for Local and International participants respectively.

Key Dates:

  • Call for Papers: Monday, May 15th, 2017
  • Submission Deadline: Tuesday, August 15th,2017
  • Notice of Acceptance of Papers: Thursday, August 31st, 2017
  • Full Paper Submission for those who wish to be considered for the special issue of journal: Friday, October 6th 2017
  • Organized Tour of CapeCoastCastle andKakum National Park: Friday, November 24th , 2017

Authors are encouraged to collaborate to form Panel Sessions. A panel comprises four papers. Submission for panel presentations should include a summary of 250 words maximum and an abstract for each Paper/ Presenter. The panelorganizer will be informed of the decision regarding the panel before individual panel members will be contacted.

Faculty members are strongly encouraged to team up with graduate students to form panels.

Additional Information

All Participants should register online. Payment includes Conference package (snack, lunch, conference brochure, cocktail, etc.) and can be made at the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (see Felicity or Ellen at the Dean’s Office). Mobile money number is +233(0) 244 368 759. International Participants should email [email protected] for mode of payment.All other enquiries including accommodation, supper and participation in Tour should be directed to the email address:[email protected] or Call +233 (0)307325052; + 233(0) 244368759(WhatsApp only);+233(0)545446483; (Felicity); +233(0) 545446141(Ellen).