SMS International Conference

ABUAD College of Social and Management Sciences
2017 International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals in Africa


November 1 – 5, 2017
Alfa Belgore Hall, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria

Theme: The One Health Approachand Sustainable Development Goals in Africa

The One Health approach has re-emerged over the last few years fromthe 1800’s Rudolf Virchow narrow conception to having diverse meanings and contexts but most recently (popularized by Schwabe 1984) as a multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial approach for engaging dispositions, activities and researches involving the relationship between human, the environment and animal health.These recent transformations in the scope and application of one the One Health approach are aimed at ensuring a healthy human society and ecosphere. However, the human factor within the human-environment-animal health nexus has either been largely neglected in this approach or thematically flawed and therefore, poorly understood. This is despite of the indubitable role of human behavior, actions and inactions, in engendering pernicious changes in the intersected systems that define One Health.
The concern for human actions and inactions is most auspicious at this time because, globally, countries are also shifting their focus from the macroeconomic goal of economic development to a more exoteric socio-economic goal of sustainable development. The Sustainable Development agenda, pivoted on economic development, social equity and environmental responsibility, have essentially informed the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) considered as a more viable alternative to the ‘unachievable’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The observable lacuna in both approaches, One Health and SDGs, is that while the One Health goal of ‘killing three birds with a stone’ is susceptibly undermined by the neglect of the effects of the ‘human behavior’, the SDGs approach, on the other hand, fail to give appreciable attention to the animal health concerns, even as both seek to guarantee healthy economy, healthy society and healthy environment today andfor future generations. The conference therefore offers a platform, to scholars in the social sciences, humanities, sciences and other disciplines, to interrogate the goals of the sustainable development agenda and functional integrated health policy by examining the intricately linked three pillars of sustainable development and the tripartite concerns of the One Health approach.

Sub-theme 1: The Animal-Human-Environment Health Nexus
-African holistic approach to health and healthy society
-Epistemology of One Health and Sustainability of Human/Animal existence
-Intersecting Values of humanity and Global Welfare
-Contending narratives of human being-ness
-Global Capitalism and Global Degradation

Sub-theme 2: Economic Development and One Health
- Policy Issues
- Institutional development
- Human Capital development
- Economic growth
- Budget and financial reporting
- Infrastructural development
- Poverty Alleviation
- Food security
- Wealth distribution and inequality
- Corporate governance
- Business and macroeconomic environment
- Bilateral trade agreement

Sub-theme 3: Equity and One Health
- Human rights and obligations
- Social justice
- Ethnicity and ethnocide
- Demography and equal access
- Child labor
- Human trafficking
- Security and violent conflicts
- Gender issues
- Beliefs and spirituality
- Insurgency and displacement

Sub-theme 4: Environmental Responsibility and One Health
- Conservation issues
- Protection issues
- Climate change
- Ecology
- Ecotourism
- Urbanisation
- Pollution
- Animal welfare
- Immigration and emigration


Sub-theme 5: Integrated sub-Regional Policy and One Health
- National health plans
- Global partnerships
- Power relations
- Policy and legal framework
- Regional integration and development
- Cultural challenges
- Health communication
- Policy implementation

Important Dates/Deadlines and Guidelines:

  • Submission of Abstract (not more than 300 words): 5 September, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: 20 September, 2017
  • Full paper (in MS Word) Submission: 21 October, 2017
  • Arrival: November 1, 2017
  • Abstracts and all correspondence should be sent to and/or

Registration Details:

  • International participants: $120
  • National participants: N20,000
  • Postgraduates with I.D: N12,500
  • Undergraduates with I.D: N5000
  • Pay by bank deposit only to:        ABUAD SMS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Wema Bank
Please note:

  • Payment tellers should be scanned and sent to the conference mail, and originals brought to the Conference venue
  • Registration fee covers attendance to all sessions, the conference package, refreshment during breaks and lunch
  • All presenters are required to register for the conference
  • Selected papers will be considered for publication in …..


  • For submissions and clarifications, please refer to: and/or
  • Further details including the concept paper, venue, accommodation, registration, submission of proposed papers and publication will be communicated via the conference emails

Dr. Adeyemi Ademowo, Chairman, 08166722200
Dr. Dayo Olutoye, Chairman, Publicity Secretary, 08065001923
Dr. Ademola Azeez, Conference Secretary, 08035888732
Mr. Wale Olusola, PublicitySecretary, 08064798888