Strathmore University hosts the 16th International Academy of African Business Development Conference


With this event, the university strengthens its leading role in this researching area in Africa and translates its efforts to a greater cooperation within society in areas such as culture, economic well-being and social development. 

From 13 to May 16, the Strathmore University School of Management and Commerce in Nairobi (Kenya) held the 16thInternational Academy of African Business Development Conference (IAABD). This edition was focused on the formal and informal business in Africa and how this impacts on society regarding its development and economic growth. During three days, stakeholders worldwide gathered together in order to analyze the formalization of the African informal economy towards a mainstreams business activity and its impacts on development.

The main objective of this conference was to foster knowledge on the new challenges of the African business due to its great progress, and provide alternative solutions for their breakthroughs. African researchers and their counterparts worldwide had the opportunity to exchange ideas in order to get a better and deeper understanding and share possible outputs on this field. It also strengthened a network between academics, professors and government regulators, which were able to present their research and experiences regarding the decreasing gap between formal and informal business.

The IAABD takes place within a global context where Africa is facing an increasingly development and economic growth and it’s becoming one of the main spotlights regarding development in the 21th century.

More information at: Strathmore University.


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government