Call for papers

The 18th Annual Meeting of the Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative is organized by EfD-Kenya, the Department of Economics, and Development Studies, the University of Nairobi, and the EfD Global Hub in collaboration with the African Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AFAERE) on October 3-6, 2024.

The Environment for Development (EfD) network and the African Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AFAERE) are committed to producing high-quality research and active international research interaction. This is achieved by creating an environment where discussions can take place openly, research results can be constructively criticized, and feedback is generated. One important strategy to promote such research interactions is through research meetings such as the EfD Annual Meeting. The annual meeting will comprise of keynotes by leading academics within the field of environmental economics with application to development in the Global South, and tailored academic thematic sessions with hand-picked discussants. The EfD annual meeting is a forum to bring together researchers from EfD centers, their collaborators, and other key stakeholders for the exchange of research ideas, discussion of research proposals, and presentation of results from EfD projects. Over the years, the EfD Annual Meeting has grown to become the largest annual conference in the Global South on the application of environmental economics to development.

Environment for Development (EfD) is an international initiative focusing on the application of environmental economics in the Global South. The overall objective of EfD is to support poverty alleviation and sustainable development in the Global South through academic programs, research, and policy interaction. EfD centers are hosted by leading local academic research institutions in 12 countries across the Global South: Chile, Colombia, Central America, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. EfD has partnerships with Duke University (USA), Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) (Germany), Portland State University (USA), Resources for the Future (USA), Toulouse School of Economics (France), Environmental Economics Program in China (EEPC), Peking University (China), University College Dublin (UCD) (Ireland), and Wageningen University and Research (WUR), Wageningen, (Netherlands). The network is coordinated by the EfD Global Hub, located at the School of Business, Economics, and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. EfD currently supports two Ph.D. programs at Addis Ababa University and the University of Rwanda.

The African Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AFAERE) is an international scientific association whose main purpose is to promote research, capacity building, collaboration, information sharing, advocacy, visibility, and impact of environmental and natural resource economics. AFAERE aims to contribute to the development and application of environmental and resource economics as a science in Africa; encourage and improve communication between teachers, researchers, and students in environmental and resource economics in the different African countries; develop and encourage cooperation between university-level teaching institutions and research institutions in Africa; and promote policy-relevant research and interaction that assist policy goals and mandates consistent with the achievement of the environmental and resource economics components of Africa’s development. AFAERE council, headed by the President, oversees the association's activities.   

Paper submission

EfD and AFAERE invite submission of full draft papers on topics related to environmental and resource economics in developing countries and relevant EfD themes ( The paper submissions follow these two steps:

  1. Please submit your manuscript online via Editorial Express,, by June 2, 2024.
  2. Complete the form in this link ( ). The information you provide will help decide the grant to cover travel and local costs for eligible researchers.

Selected authors will be notified by July 31st, after which the registration for the Annual Meeting will be open. Final draft accepted papers must be submitted by August 15, 2024, to be included in the final program of the annual meeting. We encourage EfD early career research fellows to submit papers to the annual meeting.

WCEREA Special Session

Climate Change, Land-Use, and Biodiversity: Economic Perspectives.

Contact and participation

In 2024, the annual meeting will be held in Kenya. It is being organized by EfD-Kenya, Department of Economics, and Development Studies, University of Nairobi, together with the EfD Global Hub, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the African Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AFAERE). Questions related to local arrangements can be directed to Prof. Richard Mulwa, director of EfD-Kenya, through /  

If you would like to attend the annual meeting, or if you have queries related to the conference travels, contact Susanna Olai, EfD Program Manager ( and June Titus, EfD Travel Manager ( Questions related to paper presentations can be directed to Yuanyuan Yi ( ) and Franklin Amuakwa-Mensah ( ).

Please note that additional EfD events (training sessions and collaborative program meetings) will be organized before and after the Annual Meeting. There will also be a policy day and many policy activities.


Updated: 4 April 2024