Call for Papers

PMI AFRICA CONFERENCE 2020 | Call for presentations

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is proud to announce the call for presentations for the Project Management Institute Africa Conference 2020.

All Submissions should be sent through this link.

The theme of the conference is:


The two and a half day Conference will be held at the Eko Hotel in Lagos – Nigeria from the 06 September 2020 to the 08 September 2020.

The PMI Africa Conference 2020 is the 5th 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 and beyond. The conference is hosted by the PMI Nigeria Chapter in collaboration with the remaining 15 PMI Chapters in Africa.

Description of theme

Human development and progress has been marked by important changes and developments and approaches to doing things over time, examples include the different industrial revolutions. Once again we are faced with a major change in the manner in which we deliver value through projects; the project economyTM ushered by the 4th industrial revolution and marked by change/disruptive manner to quickly and effectively delivering value through technology. Like during previous changes we are called to be ready with the right skills and capabilities as individuals, organisations, countries, institutions, a continent and globally in order to reap the benefits from offered opportunities and deal effectively with challenges. This inevitable change to a project economy has visible trends and influences from an Africa perspective, recently highlighted by Sunil Prashara (President & CEO of PMI) during one of his presentations on the project economyTM in which he pointed to Africa’s projected population growth from 1.2 Billion to 2.5 Billion people by 2050, as well as the need to for a shift towards solar and other forms of alternative cleaner energy away from fossil fuel as key trends and drivers.

In this age of the project economyTM Africa is at the forefront with technological advancement, seeking to take its true place in a world boosted by young, entrepreneurial and technologically savvy/hungry population/workforce. Also, with some of the fastest growing economies in the world, advancement in democracy/business climate in many countries and society demanding better services during this age of the project economyTM, a unique opportunity to leapfrog and build capacity, value is offered. Below are the sub topics to consider for the 2020 PMI Africa conference with respect to Africa’s readiness for the project economyTM:

  • Capitalizing on Africa’s rapid projected population growth
  • The place of solar and other forms of renewable energy in a project economy dispensation
  • The benefits of shifting to cleaner alternative energy
  • Trends and drivers of the project economyTM in Africa
  • Approaches and strategies in adapting to the global project economy
  • Bridging and aligning the past and future with respect to the project economyTM
  • Advantages and benefits of the Project EconomyTM
  • Global trends of the Project EconomyTM
  • Globalization and the Project EconomyTM
  • Challenges and impediments in realizing the benefits in the age of the project economyTM
  • Technology and the Project EconomyTM
  • Resistance to the Project EconomyTM
  • Championing the Project EconomyTM
  • The Role of government in realizing the Project EconomyTM
  • Africa’s Social, cultural and environment specifics in the age of the project economyTM
  • Effective project management and the role project managers in optimizing benefits of the Project EconomyTM
  • Leveraging agile project management methodologies and best practice in a Project Economy environment
  • Adapting organization structure and culture in the face of the Project EconomyTM requirements
  • Stakeholder engagement and in “syncing” with the demands of the Project EconomyTM
  • Overcoming uncertainty, disruptions and resulting from the Project EconomyTM
  • The value of the Project EconomyTM in contemporary Africa
  • The 4th industrial revolution and the Project EconomyTM
  • Considering Climate change and adverse climatic degradations in the age of the Project EconomyTM
  • Learning from advances of the developed world and relative advancements of the developing world faced by a Project Economy
  • Public Private partnership projects (PPP) and the Project EconomyTM
  • Corporate Ethics and Social responsibility in the age of the Project EconomyTM
  • The Role of the Business analyst in the age of the Project EconomyTM
  • Governance, strategy (P3) in the age of the Project EconomyTM
  • Africa’s digital / “gig” economy and the Project EconomyTM
  • Influence of the local community and traditional/customary settings
  • Relation of the product and project in the age of the Project EconomyTM
  • The future lens: Project Economy in Africa
  • Comparing/Contrasting opportunities and challenges of the Project EconomyTM
  • Africa’s readiness in light of the impending Project Economy
  • Africa’s infrastructure gap and the Project EconomyTM
  • Rethinking project management in a “ Project Economy” world
  • Environmental factors (PESTLE) and the Project EconomyTM
  • Project success and the Project EconomyTM
  • Managing Changes in relation to the Project EconomyTM


  • Deadline for submissions is 18 February 2020 23:59hrs (GMT+2).
  • Expected submissions will either be practice based or research based.

Submission Style and Format

Click here to submit the proposals. Presentation must be completed as per the conference template and must contain the following:

  • An abstract stating, the objective, description, structure of presentation, audience, expected outcome/s, special equipment or set up requirements
    • The length of the abstract should be between 200 and 250 words
    • Abstracts must be in MS Office Word format
    • Papers must not have been previously presented in a conference or published
    • Papers and presentations should be free of commercial sales content and should not be supported by promotional materials
    • Papers and presentations should focus on the theme of the conference, and provide new contributions to the topic
    • 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 required
  • Note that venue arrangement allows for classroom set up only (no tables)

Selection Criteria:

Submissions will be judged according to

  1. Relevance to the conference theme
  2. Uniqueness and newness of information or perspective
  3. Originality of ideas and innovativeness in presentation style or content
  4. Relevance to latest PMBOK 6th edition and
  5. 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.


  • Call for presentations deadline: 23:59hrs (GMT+2), 28 February 2020
  • Notifications on accepted presentations, proposals and papers: 30 April 2020
  • Submission of full presentations, proposals, papers: 15 July 2020
  • Conference dates: 6 – 8 September 2020


Professional Benefits:

  • Pre- and post-event promotion via emails, brochures, website, relevant social media
  • Recognition before, during and after 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 400 delegates across various industries


Complimentary registration to the conference. Confirmed speakers are responsible for all other costs related to participation in the conference

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