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The Project Management Institute® (PMI®) is proud to announce the call for presentations for the Project Management Africa Conference 2018.

The theme of the conference is:
“Project Management and Sustainable Development – A focus on Africa”.

The two and a half day Conference will be held at the luxurious Le Meridien Hotel, Mauritius from the 9th to the 11th of September 2018.

The PMI Africa Conference 2018 is the 3rd conference in a series of conferences focusing on Project Management in Africa. The conference brings together leading researchers and practitioners operating at the nexus of project management and development in Africa. The conference is hosted by the PMI Mauritius Chapter in collaboration with PMI Chapters in Africa.

Description of theme

Sustainable development (SD) is defined as “…development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (UN Conference on Environment and Development, 1987). This has been interpreted to mean meeting the integrated economic and social development needs of society without depleting the natural resources on which society’s livelihood depends—or the triple bottom line. The UN Sustainable Development Goals embody these objectives.

Within the context of project management, it is a powerful call to integrate sustainable development concerns into project management processes from initiation to closure. Further, project deliverables and outcomes should be aimed at value creation that goes beyond individual organizational interests of profits but also address social, economic and ecological issues affecting the African continent.

How is this being done in Africa? What is the impact of project management on sustainable development in Africa and how is sustainable development influencing how projects are initiated and implemented? These are the broad questions that the conference will endeavour to address through the following sub-themes:

  • Approaches to SD/sustainability in project management methodologies
  • Integrating SD in business analysis and requirements management
  • Inclusivity and transparency
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Monitoring and measuring project SD performance
  • SD benefits co creation
  • SD benefits in public infrastructure projects
  • SD impact of mega projects
  • Project SD perspectives from different industries
  • SD impact investing through projects
  • Ethical considerations
  • Social responsibility in projects
  • Role of the project manager in sustainable project management
  • Project governance implications
  • SD integration in strategy, portfolio and programs
  • SD from organizational project management perspective
  • SD influence on project decision making
  • Project and product lifecycle approaches
  • Managing Uncertainty
  • Risk reduction and precautionary rule in projects
  • The six capitals and project management
  • Adaptability, emergence or agility in sustainable project management

Terms and Conditions for Proposal Submission

    • Adaptability, emergence or agility in sustainable project management
    • Expected submissions will either be practice based or research based
    • Submission Style and Format

Presentation submissions are to be emailed to and must be completed on the conference template and must contain the following:

      • Abstract with stated objective, description, structure of presentation, audience, outcome expected, Special equipment or set up requirements

(a) The length of the abstract should be between 200 and 250 words
(b) Abstracts must be in MS Office Word format
(c) Papers must not have been previously presented in a conference or published
(d) Papers and presentations should be free of commercial sales content and should not be supported by promotional materials
(e) Papers and presentations should focus on the subject of the title, and provide new contributions to the topic.
(f) Maximum of two submissions per individual

      • A bio of no more than 150 words and high resolution photo in jpeg format
      • Submission of short presentation video is encouraged
      • Note that venue arrangement allows for classroom set up only (no tables)
    • Selection Criteria:

Submissions will be judged according to

(a) Relevance to the conference theme;

(b) Uniqueness and newness of information or perspective;

(c) Originality of ideas and innovativeness in presentation style or content;

(d) Relevance to latest PMBOK 6th edition and availability of presentation slots.

Research based presentations will undergo a peer review process.

NOTE: The Conference Program Team reserves the right to reject or edit any proposal whose content is offensive or defamatory, explicitly unethical or if it contains content that is politically sensitive, supports racism, sexual or religious discrimination, illegal activities and terrorism.

Conference Calendar

  • Call for presentations deadline : 2359hrs (GMT+2), 15 May 2018
  • Notifications on accepted presentations, proposals and papers : 30 June 2018
  • Submission of full presentations, proposals, papers : 25 August 2018
  • Conference dates : 9 – 11 September 2018

Speaker Benefits

  • Professional Benefits:
    • Pre- and post-event promotion via: emails, brochures, website, relevant social media
    • Recognition before, during and after at the event as a subject matter expert
    • Increased visibility and credibility in the eyes of fellow professionals
    • The opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and experience with 300 delegates across various industries
  • Compensation:
    • Complimentary registration to the conference. Confirmed speakers are responsible for all other costs related to participation in the conference.

Intellectual Property and Ownership of Presentation Materials

Presentations should consist only of the speaker’s original work, and it should not violate any proprietary or personal rights of others (including any copyright, trademark and privacy rights), is factually accurate, and contains nothing defamatory or otherwise unlawful. The speaker will be the sole copyright holder of the presentation, or that he or she has obtained all necessary permissions or licenses from any persons or organizations whose material is included or used in his or her presentation.