CALL FOR PAPERS – The Frontiers in Development Policy Conference 2021

Conference dates

15 Sep 2021 - 16 Sep 2021


Sejong, Republic of Korea (Virtual Meeting Only)


Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management (KDI School) is delighted to invite policymakers, professors, and experts to submit papers related to the field of international development cooperation. Selected papers will be presented during the Frontiers in Development Policy (FDP) Conference, which will be held as a fully virtual event from 15-16 September 2021.

Establishment and implementation of development policies could pose various issues and challenges during its policymaking process. It is typical for a policymaker to go through complex problems and obstacles which are often closely interlinked. Thus, successful policymaking requires a solid awareness of specific issues with combination of full understanding of how they interact with each other. Moreover, the ability to design and formulate an effective development strategy must be complemented with the implementation capacity.

The first FDP Conference was launched in 2020 to provide an in-depth discussion on the issues of global development policies by experts and specialists from leading international development institutes. FDP Conferences aim to share empirical and policy research findings on development policy in the context of international development cooperation. It will provide a platform not only to explore the complex processes of the global economic market, but also to debate policies and actions towards designing and executing high-quality development policies.

Suggested Topics:
KDI School welcomes submission of high-quality original research papers in the areas of international development policy. Panel or individual papers may also be submitted. Topics of paper include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. International Development Cooperation Policy (including priority partner countries)
B. Impact Evaluation in Practice
C. Inclusive Finance and Growth
D. Data Economy Research in Development
E. Social Economy in Developing Countries
F. Climate Change and Sustainable Development
G. Higher Education in a Post-COVID World

Submission details:
All papers must be written and presented in English. Extended abstracts or original full papers should be submitted to the conference organizer through email at by 30 June 2021 (KST, 24:00). The criteria for selecting papers are relevant with regards to the conference themes and the academic quality of the research. A maximum of sixteen authors selected, and those who present the paper at the conference will be awarded an honorarium of USD 3,000.
When submitting extended abstracts or original full papers, please email the following information as well;
- First and last name / Institutional affiliation / Position / E-mail address / Phone number (incl. country code) / Names and affiliation of co-authors (if applicable)

KDI School of Public Policy and Management:
The KDI School of Public Policy and Management was established in 1997 by the Korean government to educate and develop the next generation of leaders in today’s rapidly changing and globalizing economy. KDI school offers innovative programs that focuses on policy and international issues. It aims to transform mid-career professionals into leaders in their respective fields by equipping them with new knowledge, vision and global perspective. KDI school aims to produce experts with global mindset in the fields of policy, development and management. It is a premier graduate school in public policy, with its programs accredited by NASPAA, which sets the global standard for public service education.

Important Dates:
Full Paper Submission Deadline: 30 June 2021 (KST, 24:00)
Result Notification date of Submitted Papers: 10 July 2021
(Notified based on committee decision after 10 July 2021)
Date of the Event: 15-16 September 2021